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Stands for the "Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers" and is produced "I triple E." The IEEE is a professional association that develops, defines, and reviews electronics and computer science standards. Its mission is "to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity."

The history of the IEEE dates back to the 1800s, when electricity started to influence society. In 1884, the AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers) was formed to support electrical innovation. In 1912, the IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) was created to develop wireless telegraphy standards. In 1963, the two organizations merged to become a single entity – the IEEE. Since then, the organization has established thousands of standards for consumer electronics, computers, and telecommunications.

While the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is based in the United States, IEEE standards often become international standards. Below are a few examples of technologies standardized by the IEEE.

  • IEEE 1284 (Parallel Port) – an I/O interface used by early desktop PCs
  • IEEE 1394 (Firewire) – a high-speed interface designed for external hard drives, digital video cameras, and other A/V peripherals
  • IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) – a series of Wi-Fi standards used for wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX) – a wireless communications standard for transferring cellular data

The IEEE provides a wide range of membership options for individuals, groups, and corporations. IEEE knowledge groups, which are communities driven by members and volunteers, help individuals grow in their knowledge about various topics. Members can also contribute ideas and feedback to help the IEEE draft and establish new technical standards.

Updated: September 10, 2015

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