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Computer Business Review – Cisco And Freescale Create Ethernet Standard

Cisco and semiconductor firms Freescale, Xilinx and Aquantia have formed the NBase-T Alliance in efforts to develop 2.5 and 5 Gbps rates over Ethernet’s existing distance of 100 metres.

The alliance aims to create a specification that will ship data over Cat5e and Cat6 cables, while maintaining power-over-Ethernet to power the access points.

Cisco’s VP of wireless networking Chris Spain, said: “The industry is moving to the next generation of [WiFi] 802.11ac – Wave 2 with theoretical data rates of up to 6.9 Gbps; a 1 Gbps [wired Ethernet] link between the access point and switch is not sufficient.”

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