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IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)

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The IEEE is a nonprofit, technical professional association based in the United States that develops, among other things, data communication standards. It consists of committees that are responsible for developing drafts that are passed on to the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) for approval and standardization within the United States. The IEEE also forwards the drafts to the ISO.

The IEEE is composed of working groups that are involved in standards development in a number of areas, including aerospace electronics, circuits, communications, instrumentation, electrical code, nuclear engineering, power electronics, telecommunications, and vehicular technology, among many others. An information technology section includes working groups for bus architectures, local and metropolitan area networks, software engineering, storage systems, and testing technologies, among others. The LAN/MAN standards are known as the IEEE 802 standards and are covered in the next topic. A complete hyperlinked list of working groups is available at the Web site listed on the related entries page.

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