Ethernet industry builds on innovation

This year is shaping up to be an active one for Ethernet as the industry builds on innovations that occurred in 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, stands ready to support the industry with expanded interoperability testing and support for 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (40G/100G), according to Jeff Lapak, senior manager, Ethernet Technologies, at UNH-IOL. The lab sees considerable interest in 40G technology and is beginning to test 100G products.

Specifically, Lapak said in a recent phone interview, the lab is focusing on four areas: 40G/100G Ethernet including 25-Gb/s serial lanes, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Backplane Ethernet, and Automotive Ethernet. The activity is taking place within several of the UNH-IOL’s consortia and collaborative testing programs.