The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance (10GEA) is one step closer to ratification of the standard for the adoption of 10GbE, as the IEEE P802.3ae task force has approved the standard’s current draft and achieved “sponsor ballot” status. With IEEE’s approval, the 10GbE standard effort is on track for ratification in the first half of 2002.

“Essentially, all the technical work related to the formation of the standard is complete,” said Brad Booth, editor-in-chief of the IEEE P802.3ae task force. “I am proud to say we remain on schedule for completion of the standard in the first half of the year.”