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It's official: the IEEE 802.3ba 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet standard has been ratified by — who else? — the IEEE P802.3ba 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet Task Force. "Ubiquitous adoption of bandwidth-intensive technologies and applications, such as converged network services, video-on-demand, and social networking, is producing …


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  1. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

    Was it the first?

    "...When Apple's Macintosh was released in January 1984, it was the first mass-market PC to have networking built in.."

    Not sure what you mean by the 'first' - you could buy a BBC B with built-in (on the motherboard) EcoNet in 1981-2. Not many of this varient were sold in the UK (not many UK homes had a multi-system network requirement then), but all the US export ones had this in 1983....

    1. Jess

      I don't think it counts..

      .. because it's not american.

    2. Chris 211

      The first networked computer???

      I remember EcoNet at school early 80s, a round DIN connector if I remember, logins, shared drives everything.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      And another 100% UK machine

      The Sinclair QL (1982) came with networking as a standard built in feature. Worked pretty well too. If only it had been designed with a single 3.5" floppy rather than the crappy microdrives, it could have been a hit.

  2. MacRat
    Jobs Halo

    Bring it to the desktop

    The built-in gigabit ethernet on my Macs is seeming a little slow these days..

    Been hoping for something new to come along.

    1. Chris 211

      @Bring it to the desktop

      lol, The reality is your desktop is incapable of saturating 100mb without a top of the range processor, a sustained transfer to allow the TCP window to grow and all upstream equipment capable of that kind of sustained throughput.

      1. Stacy
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        When I try to copy gig's worth of data across my 100Mbs switch I see a huge difference to when copying it ovew direct 1Gbs link between my two computers. And that is on 4 year old laptops (One Core Duo, the other Core 2 Duo).

        Not quite top of the range any more...

        And 6 years ago cheap Xeon servers could also transfer huge files much quicker across a 1Gbs connection than across 100Mb connection.

      2. MacRat

        Home LAN

        My home machines keep my 1Gbs LAN quite busy.

  3. It wasnt me

    Moores law.

    434,027.8 times faster - not bad.

    Moores law (calclated at 18 months) would only have it 165,140 times faster. It shouldnt be getting that fast till 2012. Mind you, that might be the time that the first consumer kit is released to he mass market with it built in.

    Its pretty accurate, moores law.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    More and more bandwidth everywhere

    Except the line to my router.

    When will Joe User be seeing a proper 10MB/s (notice I'm not even thinking of GB here) ?

    1. Captain Save-a-ho

      Fiber to the Premises

      Until FTTP or FTTH connections become available in your neighborhood, don't count on it. Even this announcement (mostly) assumes fiber optics for transmissions (the copper specs don't permit more than 10m for 100GBASE-CR10 connections). It's a safe assumption that all that copper used for local loops won't ever likely support much more than 6Mbps unless you're super-close to your Telco central office (less than 1km).

  5. Anonymous Coward

    BBC Micro?

    Had Econet earlier than 1984 - I believe it could be described as a mass market machine.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I see your EcoNet and raise you an IEEE488 storage area network

      We had a NAS floppy drive on a IEEE488 network of Commodore PETs in 1979.

  6. Gideon 1
    Dead Vulture

    Fanbois alert

    You can tell this journo is an Apple Fanboi, automatic assumption that Apple invented everything first.

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  7. Jolyon Smith

    FFS : Moores Law is about # of transistors !

    Geezus... "Moores law" was only ever about the number of transistors in a single integrated circuit.

    If I might equally inappropriately invoke "Newton's inverse square Law", it [Moores Law] has the square root of F-All to do with network throughput, speed, capacity or anything else other than that to which Moores Law actually refers.

    I wish people would stop invoking Moore's Law every time some spurious aspect of computing technology/specification comes up, especially SPEED, which for some reason seems especially to attract abuse of poor old Moore.

    The connection over the years between Moore's Law and any metric other than transistor count is entirely coincidental.

  8. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

    100Gbit ethernet.


    Now can we PLEASE get the $/port on 10Gbit down to something reasonable? Like about where 1Gbit is now?

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