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10 Gigabit Ethernet

10 Gigabit Ethernet is the most recent (as of 2002) and fastest of the Ethernet standards.

IEEE 802.3ae defines a version of Ethernet with a nominal data rate of 10 Gbit/s, ten times faster than Gigabit Ethernet.

The new 10 gigabit ethernet standard encompasses seven different media types for LAN, MAN and WAN. It is currently specified by a supplementary standard, IEEE 802.3ae, and will be incorporated into a future revision of the IEEE 802.3 standard.

Unlike earlier Ethernet systems, 10 Gigabit Ethernet is based entirely on the use of optical fibre connections. Additionally, this developing standard is moving away from local area network design, with broadcasting to all nodes, towards a system which includes some elements of wide area routing. It is claimed that this system has high compatibility with earlier Ethernet and IEEE 802 networks.

10 gigabit Ethernet is very new, and it remains to be seen which of the standards will gain commercial acceptance.

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