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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Lens Implants to High Performance Networking

New York, Apr 19, 2007

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Lens Implants
More than 2.5 million people per year in the U.S. suffer from cataracts. One of the most frequently performed procedures in the United States, cataract surgery has seen significant technological advancement and is recognized today as one of the safest and most successful procedures. Recently approved standard ANSI Z80.12-2007, Multifocal Intraocular Lenses, contributes to these advancements.

ANSI Z80.12-2007 details requirements for intraocular lens implants used in the correction of aphakia—a condition where the eye’s natural crystalline lens is absent, such as after cataract extraction. These implants enable most post-operative cataract patients the advantage of glass-free vision, and provide both distance and near vision. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) serves as the secretariat of ANSI-accredited Standards Committee Z80, the group responsible for writing standards for ophthalmic optics. The standards established by this committee do not apply to industrial safety devices, or to procedures used in clinical ophthalmic examinations.

High Performance Networking
A new American National Standard comes to the aid of high-tech equipment designers involved in the wireless infrastructure, edge networking, and the scientific, military and industrial markets. Known as ANSI/INCITS 413-2007, RapidIO Interconnect Specification, the standard enables seamless chip-to-chip and board-to-board interconnections necessary to support high-performance networking and communications. Targeted toward telecom, networking, and embedded applications, the RapidIO architecture is designed to be flexible and adaptable to a multitude of functions. The standard provides a rich variety of features including high data bandwidth, globally-shared memory, message passing, and software managed programming models.

The standard was published by INCITS (The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards), an ANSI member which serves as a primary U.S. focal point for standardization in the field of information and communications technologies (ICT).

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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