Leviton specification engineer Brian Hansen recently was featured on TIA Now, the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) online television channel. Hansen, who holds the RCDD, NTS and CSI credentials, spoke about the history of Leviton Manufacturing and also about 40- and 100-Gbit/sec data networking. TIA's Abe Nejad conducted the four-minute interview with Hansen.
Since its launch in January, the TIA Now channel has spotlighted a number of manufacturers in the telecom industry. Leviton Manufacturing, of which Leviton Network Solutions is a division, was spotlighted in February.
In his interview with Nejad, Hansen said of the 40/100-Gbit Ethernet specifications: "When it came out initially as a standard, it was meant to ride over optical-fiber networks. But we also realize there's some play in there for the copper side as well. We think we've seen the end of the UTP side and we're wondering how much we can extend the life of shielded-copper products in that play."
Hansen also discussed his long-standing relationship with the Mayo Clinic as a customer, noting that in recent years many systems within such a healthcare environment have become Internet Protocol (IP) based.