Ethernet Alliance to demo multiple technologies at Interop

April 24, 2008 -- Technologies to be demonstrated at next week's Interop Las Vegas include: SFP+, Backplane Ethernet, 10GBASE-T and Power over Ethernet (PoE).

April 24, 2008 -- More than twenty Ethernet Alliance members will demonstrate select Ethernet technologies at Interop 2008, to be held in Las Vegas, April 29 – May 1. According to a press release, technologies to be demonstrated in the Ethernet Alliance booth include: SFP+, Backplane Ethernet, 10GBASE-T and Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Description of the technology demonstration are as follows:

SFP+ (SFF-8431): 10G in an enhanced SFP form factor and video exchange between remote PCs through multiple SFP+ / PHY links; participants include AMCC, Avago Technologies, ClariPhy Communications, Cisco, Finisar, Gennum Corporation, Opnext, Tyco Electronics and Vitesse.

Backplane Ethernet (IEEE Std 802.3ap-2007): Supporting error-free 10-Gbit/sec data traffic driven by 10GBASE-KR PHY devices; participants include AMCC, Molex, NetLogic Microsystems, Tyco Electronics and Vitesse.

10GBASE-T (IEEE Std 802.3an-2006): 10-Gigabit Ethernet over 100 meters of copper cabling as specified by the Ethernet and cabling standards with a live traffic interoperability demonstration among servers with network adapters, switches, and test equipment systems; participants include ADC, Cisco, Extreme Networks, Intel, Ixia, Mellanox, Panduit, Solarflare Communications, Spirent Communications and Teranetics.

PoE (IEEE Std 802.3af-2003): PoE switches and PoE midspans powering powered devices; participants include 3Com, Akros Silicon, Extreme Networks, Force10 Networks, Foundry Networks and Microsemi.

Additionally at the Interop show, Ethernet Alliance University Program (EAUP) white paper challenge winner Francisco Blanquicet of The University of South Florida will showcase his white paper "PAUSE Power Cycle" in the Ethernet Alliance booth. The white paper focuses on the PAUSE Power Cycle (PPC), which uses IEEE 802.3 PAUSE flow control to cycle Ethernet links between ON and OFF states.

"The Ethernet Alliance continues to play a critical supporting role in the 802 Ethernet industry. Interoperability and technology demonstrations such as those being showcased by Ethernet Alliance members at Interop 2008 are an important part of showing technology readiness to the industry," comments Aileen Arcilla, senior analyst at IDC. "These demonstrations will highlight how Ethernet has extended beyond the traditional enterprise network, encouraging 10-GbE adoption in data centers and Metro Ethernet networks, and power distribution via existing Ethernet architectures."

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