UNH-IOL Prepares Industry for 2015 Innovations in Ethernet Technology

Lab Expands Support for Interoperability as Ethernet Evolves; Efforts Encompass 40G/100G, Power over Ethernet, Backplane and Automotive

Durham, N.H., December 1, 2014 – The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, today announced expanded interoperability testing and support for 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (40G/100G) including 25Gb/s serial-lanes, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Backplane Ethernet and Automotive Ethernet. This activity is taking place within several of the UNH-IOL’s consortia and collaborative testing programs.

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“Interoperability has been a defining feature of Ethernet since its start forty-one years ago,” said UNH-IOL Senior Manager, Ethernet Technologies, Jeff Lapak. “From our first testing of Ethernet technology in 1988 to our current work in 40G/100G, PoE, Automotive and other areas of Ethernet, member companies have turned to us for reliable interoperability results to build consumer confidence and support their go-to-market strategies.”

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UNH-IOL 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium:

  • Significant increase in participation from members seeking 40G interoperability
  • Received first 100G products for testing
  • Added 12 new Ethernet test suites & upgrades to test equipment to ensure compliance with 25G serial lanes
  • UNH-IOL’s PCS test tool, unavailable via any commercial hardware, is ready and available to members
  • Plugfest slated for 2015 in collaboration with the Ethernet Alliance
“Repeated multi-vendor testing is no less important today than when the IEEE ratified the 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet standard in 2010,” said John D’Ambrosia, Chairman, Ethernet Alliance. “The goal of this plugfest is to demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability, which will accelerate adoption and broaden the market for both 40GbE and 100GbE.”

UNH-IOL Power over Ethernet (PoE) Consortium:

  • Supporting a standard relevant to IP cameras, wireless access points, automation, and other applications
  • Upcoming PoE plugfest in collaboration with the Ethernet Alliance will test devices against IEEE 802.3af and 803.2at standards
  • Testing to the IEEE 802.3 specifications distinguishes IEEE 802.3-based devices from other PoE technologies

UNH-IOL Backplane Ethernet Consortium:

  • Activity surrounding 10G Backplane Ethernet, or 10BASE-KR, on the rise
  • Emphasis and special interest on channel training and channel modeling
  • Membership increase by threefold from June 2013 to June 2014

UNH-IOL Automotive Ethernet Consortium:

  • Gaining momentum, two years after the UNH-IOL's endorsement as the first lab to test the OPEN Alliance's BroadR-Reach standard
  • Now open to car manufacturers and parts suppliers worldwide
  • Lead growth areas for Automotive Ethernet: automated driving assistance (ADA) and infotainment systems, according to a report by Strategy Analytics' Director of Automotive Electronics, Ian Riches

About the UNH-IOL:
Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation and a 32,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. | Twitter @UNH_IOL | Facebook @UNHIOL I LinkedIn @UNH InterOperability Lab