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The 40th Anniversary of Ethernet

Celebrating Ethernet's 40th anniversary, IEEE 802 Ethernet innovation, and IEEE-SA's pursuit of technology excellence.

40th Anniversary of Ethernet Celebration

The contest is now closed. Check back on the IEEE-SA Ethernet 40th Anniversary Facebook page on 22 January 2014 for the announcement of the winning I Spy Ethernet entry!

An innovative method allowing computers to send packets of information while avoiding collisions with incoming packets, Ethernet has matured across the last four decades into its role as the basis of the IEEE 802.3™ standard, which specifies the physical and lower software layers, and is the foundation for today's world of high-speed communications.

With more than 1.2 billion ports shipped in 2012 alone, Ethernet ranks highly among those technologies that impact day-to-day life on a global basis. Data center networks, PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and now the smart grid, smart meters, personal medical devices, the Internet of Things, connected cars, and more – Ethernet touches them all in one way or another. And as Ethernet turns 40, it is poised for a new age of innovation.

A Conversation on Ethernet: Bob Metcalfe and Karen Bartleson