Will 2020 Be the Year of the Ethernet?

Will 2020 Be the Year of the Ethernet?

Enterprise Networking Mag | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Devices like autonomous vehicles, industrial IoT, and smart homes employ a diverse set of connectivity technologies that will leverage the Ethernet ecosystem for cost-effective solutions.

FREMONT, CA: 2020 will bring the evolutionary step in the growth of Ethernet as the global connectivity technology. Ethernet is becoming a buzzword in the industry as it leads the way providing seamless connectivity to billions of people. It is gradually displacing many alternative specialized protocols for its many benefits and economies of scale. The growing bandwidth demands the Ethernet to be faster. Here is how Ethernet will be leading the future.

Some of the applications that will be developing Ethernet solutions include wired Ethernet networks in automobiles and commercial vehicles at rates higher than 10Gbps, and also the development of optical Ethernet networks for vehicles. The sensors, cameras, and control systems in the auto industry that will enable such an engineering marvel will require a high-performance Ethernet network. The network should provide prioritization of traffic-related to safety rather than comfort and entertainment for individuals enjoying it.

Also, for applications including business, vehicle, industrial, and home, there will be an expansion of the Power over Ethernet (PoE) in the market to power a broad spectrum of new applications and systems like smart buildings, home appliances, and Internet of Things sensors and controls. The development of 10SPE meets the needs of Building and Industrial Automation users. It supports a simpler and faster transition to Ethernet. Besides, the development of next-generation Passive Optical Network (PON) technology allowing aggregated network rates of 50Gbps over network reaches of at least 50km enables connectivity of homes and businesses to the core network. Faster Ethernet data rates will address the demands of new video-intensive applications accessed via “cloud” networks. Eventually, technologists should develop new materials and architectures that will address data rates such as 100Gbps, 200Gbps, and 400Gbps.

Besides, global networking bandwidth growth is driven by factors like the growth of users and the development of new applications. Other applications that drive the exponential growth in recent years is artificial intelligence, machine learning (ML), and convolutional deep neural networks. Ethernet can meet this need as it supports the increased bandwidth.

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