A high-speed physical-layer architecture for Ethernet is described that supports 100-Gb/s throughput and 40-km transmission, making it well suited for next-generation metro-area and intrabuilding networks. Its links comprise 12 × 10-Gb/s synchronized parallel optical lanes. Ethernet data frames are transmitted by coarse wavelength division multiplexing link and bundled optical fibers. Ten of the lanes convey 640-bit data synchronously (64 bits × 10 lanes). One conveys forward error correction code ((132 b, 140 b) Hamming code), providing highly reliable (BER < 10-12) data transmission, and the other conveys parity data, enabling fault-lane recovery. A newly developed 64B/66B code-sequence-based deskewing mechanism is used that provides low-latency compensation for the lane-to-lane skew, which is less than 88 ns. Testing of this physical-layer architecture in a field programmable gate array circuit demonstrated that it can provide 100-Gb/s data communication with a 590 k gate circuit, which is small enough for implementation in a single LSI circuit.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering