Webinar: “Ethernet Interoperability and Deployments – New and Legacy Solutions Work Together”

Webinar: The panel addressed the evolution of new PAM4 based solutions – 50GbE and above – entering the market and the advancements supporting Ethernet interoperability testing for the successful deployment and integration into legacy networking environments. From switch, server, and storage arrays attached over the multitude of interconnect options, to the advanced storage applications, seamless integration and interoperability for all participants in the ecosystem is a critical “must have” for meeting product deployment schedules, reducing post-sales support issues, and ensuring customer expectations are exceeded. The panel reviewed the challenges of testing the myriad of Ethernet speeds, and the impact of emerging, mission critical applications utilizing legacy and new, 50GbE and higher speed Ethernet networks.

Presentation: The Webinar presentation is now available for download!


Moderator David Rodgers
Title: Ethernet Alliance Conference Chair, Teledyne LeCroy PSG – Sr. Product Marketing Manager

David J. Rodgers is Senior Product Marketing Manager with Teledyne LeCroy Protocol Solutions Group, where he focuses on defining, designing, deploying, and marketing a broad range of high-speed serial analysis test and measurement products for Ethernet and Fibre Channel SANs and LANs.

With over 30 years of leading-edge computer industry experience, Rodgers represents Teledyne LeCroy Test and Measurement solutions in various industry standards groups, including on the Board of Directors for Ethernet Alliance and the Fibre Channel Industry Association, and participation in IEEE and T11 standards bodies, and involvement in the USB, PCIe and NVMe special interest groups.



Panelist: Shawn Nicholl, Director of Design Engineering, Xilinx

Shawn is a Director of Design Engineering within the Wired and Wireless Group of Xilinx and has over 20 years of experience in the industry.  He leads a team that is responsible for the design development of Intellectual Property (IP) covering Ethernet applications across a wide variety of rates (1GE to 400GE, and rates beyond).   With a focus on Xilinx ACAP (Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform) and FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) devices, this development targets emerging standards and use-cases while spanning the domains of architecture, design, verification, hardware validation, and multi-vendor interoperability. Over the course of his career Shawn has focused primarily on the development of connectivity IP for networking and communications protocols including Ethernet, Flex Ethernet, OTN, and Interlaken.


Panelist: Jeff Twombly, Vice President of Business Development, Credo Semiconductor

Jeff Twombly is Credo’s vice president of business development.  Jeff has extensive knowledge in marketing complex, high-value based solutions to enterprise, networking, data center and telecommunications corporations. Jeff brings over three decades of marketing, sales, and business development experience to Credo. He thrives in product strategy, technology evangelization, and business development. Before joining Credo, Jeff held key senior executive positions at Frequentz, Parallocity, SiNett, and Cavium Networks.



Panelist: Paul Brooks, Director – Lab & Production strategy, Viavi Solutions

Paul Brooks currently leads the strategy for the Viavi lab and production business unit. After a career in the Royal Navy as a weapons officer he spent time in a variety of roles with the communications test and measurement industry with a particular interest in enabling the high speed Ethernet ecosystem. He holds a PhD in opto-electronics from the university of Southampton and lives in Southern Germany where he laments the lack of 1st class rugby!




Panelist: Ray Nering, Product Manager, Transceiver Modules Group, Cisco