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Ethernet Alliance Gains Six New Members

July 28, 2017
By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

The Ethernet Alliance (News - Alert) this week announced a handful of new members. Anritsu Corp., Arista Networks Inc., F5 Networks Inc., Mentor Graphics Inc., Samtec Inc., and The Siemon Co. have joined the consortium.

The group is a global body including component and system suppliers, government parties, industry experts, and university representatives. Its aim is to advance Ethernet through advocacy, education, and interoperability initiatives.

For example, the alliance holds a Power over Ethernet certification event at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory in Durham, N.H., as well as other multivendor interoperability plugfests.

“PoE reduces network installation complexities and cost, and improves energy management by enabling delivery of power over existing Ethernet cables for IP network devices like voice over IP phones, cameras, lighting, and wireless access points,” the Ethernet Alliance explains in a June 13 blog.

But the blog goes on to note that there are a variety of proprietary, quasi-standard, and IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3 standards-based PoE products moving into the market. That, it says, creates confusion in the marketplace and can create challenges during deployment. To address that, the Ethernet Alliance launched a PoE certification program enabling Ethernet solution suppliers to submit their equipment for verification testing against the Ethernet Alliance’s PoE certification specification, which conforms to current IEEE 802.3 PoE standards, and making it easy for buyers to identify products based on IEEE 802.3 PoE standards.

The Ethernet Alliance is also doing work related to the coming 200/400 gigabit Ethernet standard, and on IEEE P802.3bs, which defines Ethernet Media Access Control and management parameters as well as physical layer specifications.

The principal members of the Ethernet Alliance are Amphenol, Broadcom, Brocade, Cavium, Cisco, Dell, Finisar, Huawei, Intel, Juniper Networks (News - Alert), Spirent Communications, TE Connectivity, and Teledyne Lecroy. The Ethernet Alliance also has a long list of participating members; just one associate member (Sifos Technologies); 25 university members; and a dozen consulting members.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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