Ethernet Alliance in the News: Highlights from Q1 2023

By Ethernet Alliance



2023 is a major milestone year for Ethernet as it marks its 50th anniversary. In related news, Bob Metcalfe was recently honored with the Turing Award for the invention, standardization and commercialization of Ethernet.

Ethernet Alliance is proud to play a part in driving this innovation towards the next 50 years of universal adoption and use of Ethernet technologies across markets and various application spaces. As the voice of Ethernet, the Alliance helps bridge the gap between standards and end users. One way we do this is through education and through highlighting the value of Ethernet in the media.

In this blog, we share a quarterly round-up of articles featuring experts from the Alliance sharing their insights and updates on Ethernet technologies.

OFC 2023  Interoperability Demo 

A cornerstone of the Alliance’s activity is its annual multi-vendor interoperability demonstration at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC). 2023 was no different, with a showcase spanning diverse Ethernet technologies from 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 800GbE.

The high-profile demonstration struck a chord in the news as well. In a recent article from SDxCentral, Why You Should Never Bet Against Ethernet, Peter Jones, chair, Ethernet Alliance (Cisco) shared an overview of the latest advancements in Ethernet. The article covers recent Alliance activities supporting the continued advancement and adoption of Ethernet, including this recent interoperability showcase, the latest edition of the Ethernet Roadmap, and the Power over Ethernet (PoE) certification program.

The technical leads from the Alliance’s OFC demonstration, Jean-Marie Vilain of EXFO, Bob Wagner of Panduit, and David Estes of Spirent were quoted in a Fibre Systems article OFC 2023: Ethernet Alliance celebrates 50 years of innovation. They shared the significance of such interoperability demonstrations to the entire ecosystem.

A recent Cabling Installation & Maintenance article, Ethernet Alliance gears up for 50th anniversary plus 10G-800G demo at OFC 2023, featured the 18 member companies that participated in the interoperability demo including:

  • AMD/Xilinx (NASDAQ:AMD)
  • Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH)
  • Anritsu Corporation (JPX:6754)
  • Arista Networks Inc. (NYSE:ANET)
  • Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)
  • CommScope, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM)
  • EXFO Inc.,
  • Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)
  • Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR)
  • Keysight Technologies Inc. (NYSE:KEYS)
  • Marvell Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MRVL)
  • Panduit Corp.
  • Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT)
  • TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL)
  • Teledyne LeCroy Inc. (NYSE:TDY)
  • Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAV)
  • Wilder Technologies
  • Xena Networks Inc.

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

With total PoE-enabled port and device shipments projected to reach 2 billion (USD) by 2025, the Alliance’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) Certification program will be critical for ensuring interoperability of multi-vendor PSEs and powered devices.

In a recent article from Power Electronics News, Ensuring PoE-Powered Devices Will Interoperate as Advertised, Peter Johnson, Ethernet Alliance member (Sifos Technologies) and David Tremblay, chair, Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program (Aruba Networks) explain how the PoE Certification program aims to bring clarity and assurance to the global PoE market.

This program was also highlighted in a recent Network World article. In this primer on PoE, What is power over Ethernet (PoE)? interoperability was listed as the single greatest challenge for this technology. Certification was highlighted as a way to help enable faster PoE installations and avoid interoperability issues.

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