NBase-T Alliance elects Zimmerman to board as contributor representative

March 30, 2016
Longtime contributor to the cabling and networking industries, George Zimmerman is the first NBase-T Alliance board member to represent the group’s contributor members.

George Zimmerman, president and principal consultant at CME Consulting, recently was elected to serve on the board of the NBase-T Alliance. Zimmerman will be the first member of the alliance’s board to represent its Contributor-level members. Prior to Zimmerman’s election, only Promoter-level members served on the board.

Promoter members of the alliance are Aquantia, Cisco, Intel, Marvell, NXP and Xilinx. Contributor members are Bel, Broadcom, Byzoro, Cadence, CME Consulting, CommScope, Fluke Networks, Ideal Networks, Kinnex A, Molex, Panduit, Qualcomm and UDE.

Zimmerman also currently serves as Technical Committee Chair of the Ethernet Alliance, as well as chief editor of the IEEE’s P802.3bz 2.5G/5GBase-T Task Force.

When announcing Zimmerman’s election, the NBase-T Alliance stated that since its inception in 2014 it “has provided an industry forum for discussing and resolving technical issues in order to streamline the development of a 2.5G/5G Ethernet standard—known as IEEE 802.3bz. Through the availability of the NBase-T specification, the alliance has provided a critical tool in enabling members to test drive their solutions, and in fact, accelerate standards development in advance of ratification. As work continues in the coming year to deliver a ratified IEEE standard, the NBase-T Alliance will refine and augment its own specifications, while formalizing its plans for a certification program.”

The Alliance also announced the addition of three members to its ranks—Cadence Design Systems, Netgear, and Pleora Technologies. Peter Jones, chairman of the NBase-T Alliance, commented, “The alliance continues to play a critical role in the deployment of product solutions that bring 2.5G and 5G data rates to wired networks that previously tapped out at Gigabit Ethernet. The growing list of chips, systems, reference designs and test equipment that support the NBase-T specification accelerates the adoption of these new data rates in a wide range of applications—particularly in the enterprise as Wave 2 wireless devices become pervasive.”

View the current list of announced and shipping NBase-T products.

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