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    This blog discusses all things related to mixed-signal PHY IP such as the latest trends, design challenges and anything that may be controversial.

    I built my first crystal radio at about the age of ten (had help with the soldering iron) and have been dabbling in the analog electronics field ever since. The "James Brown of Analog": I do like James Brown and have I been working in the electronics industry for many years. I’m also a big fan of Reggae and Ska and spent my youth listening to John Peel on Radio 1. Ken Boothe is the greatest singer. Running is a passion. Squaw Valley is the best place to ski. Ever!

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Ethernet Summit – Getting 10Gb/s On Your Chip

Posted by Navraj Nandra on March 29th, 2013

The Ethernet Technology Summit, April 2nd to 4th at the Santa Clara Marriot in San Jose, focuses on the use of Ethernet throughout the networking space. This includes the emergence of 10-Gigabit Ethernet as a key LAN technology on the desktop and in data centers. I will be addressing the requirements of including 10G IP on a networking chip.

The summit also covers the emerging standards for 40-Gigabit and 100-Gigabit Ethernet. It also includes the use of Ethernet as a carrier backbone and transport method, as well as in storage applications and in virtualized data centers and clouds. Other topics of interest include design and development, fabrics, chipsets and components, security, delay and packet loss, convergence, big data, and market research. .

As the most common LAN technology, Ethernet is widely used and understood. Standards are managed through IEEE (IEEE 802), and work on new standards proceeds continously. Chips, parts, boards (particularly network interface cards or NICs), and expertise are all widely available. The Ethernet ecosystem is large and has many significant players, such as Cisco Systems, Intel, Broadcom, Marvell, Alcatel-Lucent, Hewlett-Packard, and Ericsson. Trade groups such as the Ethernet Alliance and MEF are very active and promote education, testing, and certification.

Challenges facing ethernet: Need for higher speed with 100-Gigabit Ethernet on the horizon, need for management, quality assurance, and security tools as Ethernet moves into service provider networks, reducing power usage, increasing bandwidth, and the need for software to handle storage-over-Ethernet and new approaches such as convergence and Fibre Channel over Ethernet.

Major Issues covered during the conference include: Higher speed, higher effective bandwidth, lower power consumption, quality-of-service, security, management tools, test equipment, certification and convergence.

Key notes include: “Welcome to the Generation of Open Ethernet” by Eyal Waldman CEO Mellanox, “Ethernet’s Next Step: 400 Gigabit” by John D’Ambrosia, Chairman Ethernet Alliance, “The Next 40 Years of Ethernet” by Jane Li COO Huawei Enterprise US, “Unified Data Center for the Cloud Era” by David Yen, Senior VP/GM Cisco.

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