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[802SEC] IEEE P802.3 draft ICAID - IEEE 802.3 New Ethernet Applications Industry Connections Activity Initiation Document (ICAID)

Dear EC members,

In support of subclause 10.2 'IEEE 802 LMSC approval' of the LMSC Operations Manual please find below the required information in respect to the submission of the IEEE 802.3 New Ethernet Applications Industry Connections Activity Initiation Document (ICAID) for consideration at the July 2022 plenary.

Best regards,
Adam Healey (on behalf of David Law)


[1] Draft Industry Connections Activity Initiation Document (ICAID):

Draft ICAID: <>

[2] Explanatory background material:

The growing diversity of applications for Ethernet, including new application areas, is driving the development of a multitude of new standards to be developed. Recent examples of Ethernet standardization activities that originated in the New Ethernet Applications Industry Connections ICAID include: 1) Lower cost, short reach, optical interconnects based on 100 Gb/s wavelengths; 2) Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Timestamping clarifications; 3) Automotive Optical Multigig; 4) Next steps in SinglePair ecosystem; 5) 100 Gb/s over Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems; 6) 400 Gb/s over DWDM systems; 7) Automotive 10G+ Copper; and 8) 200 Gb/s, 400 Gb/s, 800 Gb/s, and 1.6 Tb/s Ethernet.

Additional activities leveraging the NEA Industry Connections activity include joint meetings with IEEE 802.1 “Nendica” Industry Connections Activity regarding “Cut-through Forwarding”, and consensus meetings on 1) “High-speed bi-directional optics” and 2) “Ethernet Enhancements for High Performance Computing and Storage Systems”.

The goal of these activities is to assess requirements for new Ethernet-based applications, identify gaps not currently addressed by IEEE 802.3 standards, and facilitate building industry consensus towards proposals to initiate new standards development efforts.

[3] Status of the development of the ICAID:

The draft ICAID responses are pending IEEE 802.3 Working Group approval at the 14th July 2022 IEEE 802.3 meeting.

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