Press Release:

HP ProCurve Drives New Ethernet Standard Forward

Enterprises Now Closer to 10-Gigabit Link for Server Clustering and Aggregation
PALO ALTO, CALIF., MAY 7, 2003

HP ProCurve Networking has achieved another milestone in its effort to drive high-speed Ethernet to the desktop.

Led by Dan Dove of the HP ProCurve Networking Business, the IEEE study group was established to set the technology standard to lower the cost of high-speed connectivity. The study group has now been granted permission by the main IEEE organization's standards board to develop the standard for 10-Gigabit copper Ethernet.

"Currently, downloading large files across a network or e-mails remotely can be extremely slow and reduce productivity for businesses," said Dove, principal engineer, HP ProCurve Networking, and IEEE study group chairperson. "10-Gigabit copper Ethernet holds the potential to provide an affordable alternative to expensive fiber connectivity in wiring closets and server farms."

Consisting of more than 30 leading IT companies, the IEEE 802.3 10GBASE-CX4 Study Group has been outlining a plan since November 2002 for the development of a standard that would allow for a copper physical medium in conjunction with the IEEE 802.3ae standard for10 GB/s Ethernet networks. After reviewing the study group's plan, the IEEE Standards Board gave approval to move forward on the project, turning the study group into the IEEE P802.3ak 10GBASE-CX4 Task Force.

Once the proposed standard is completed by the task force and approved, IEEE P802.3ak, "Physical Layer and Management Parameters for 10 GB/s Operation, Type 10GBASE-CX4," would provide a lower-cost option for interconnecting equipment located within roughly 15 meters of twinaxial cable, typically within a stack or between equipment racks.

The study group has been working rapidly toward standard approval, with final sign off expected by the end of this year. Typically, standards are approved in two years, twice as long as the 10GBASE-CX4 group's approval time frame.

"More than 30 companies have participated in numerous meetings to develop this overview plan. This level of commitment across the industry ensures that once the standard is approved, there will be a wide variety of equipment supporting a multitude of applications," said Dove. "We still have a lot of work to do to reach the finish line but as a result of the committee's dedication and cooperative research, we are off and running."

To help customers get the best return on their information technology investments, HP offers the HP ProCurve family of products, services and solutions -- including Ethernet switches, routing switches and network-management applications -- which allow customers to build networks based on open standards that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability.

More information about HP ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at http://www.hp.com/go/hpprocurve.

A globally recognized standards-setting body, the IEEE Standards Association develops consensus standards through an open process that brings diverse parts of an industry together. These standards set specifications and procedures to ensure that products and services are fit for their purpose and perform as intended. Further information on IEEE-SA is available at http://www.standards.ieee.org/.

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