Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
This International Standard was reviewed by the CSA TCIT under the jurisdiction of the Strategic Steering Committee on Information Technology and deemed acceptable for use in Canada. (A committee membership list is available on request from the CSA Project Manager.) From time to time, ISO/IEC may publish addenda, corrigenda, etc. The CSA TCIT will review these documents for approval and publication. For a listing, refer to the CSA Information Products catalogue or CSA Info Update or contact a CSA Sales representative. This Standard has been formally approved, without modification, by the Technical Committee and has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada.
This part of ISO/IEC 11518 specifies a physical-level, point-to-point, full-duplex, link interface for reliable, flow-controlled transmission of user data at 6 400 Mbit/s per direction, across distances of up to 1 km. A parallel copper cable interface for distances of up to 40 m is specified. Connections to a separate longer-distance optical interface are provided. Small fixed-size micropackets provide an efficient, low-latency structure for small transfers, and a component for large transfers.
Specifications are included for:
- automatic retransmission to correct flawed data;
- the format of a small data transfer unit called a micropacket;
- a message structure that includes routing information for network applications;
- end-to-end, as well as link-to-link, checksums;
- the timing requirements of the parallel signals;
- a parallel interface using copper coaxial cable;
- connections to a separate local optical interface;
- a link-level protocol tuned for a maximum distance of 1 km.