The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory Expands Capabilities of Ethernet Testing Services
Jun 30, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, announced it is continuing to expand the capabilities of its 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet testing services.
According to a release, members of the UNH-IOL's 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium now have devices available that are ready for testing, and the enhancements to the testing services will allow members to prepare their products for market in advance of widespread industry adoption.
IEEE Std 802.3baTM-2010, ratified in June 2010, was created to address business and consumer demands for increased bandwidth by granting access to top Ethernet speeds. In addition, the standard is backward compatible, enabling devices that implement the 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet standard to be installed in an existing network, avoiding the costs associated with upgrading network components. With devices now ready to test, UNH-IOL member companies are leading the advancement of 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet technology, and the lab, as the de facto standard for Ethernet testing, is helping companies prepare their products for the continuing demands for speed and accessibility on the network.
The UNH-IOL 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium decreases research and development and quality assurance expenses and reduces product time to market for test system, network system, development system, transceiver and active and passive cable vendors. Since the consortium's launch in September 2010, the UNH-IOL has increased the number of devices in its comprehensive test bed and all test suites have been made available on-line.
"Like all new technologies, repeated multi-vendor testing is imperative to speeding the development of 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet devices, as well as driving industry acceptance of the technology," said Jeff Lapak, senior engineer for the UNH-IOL. "Our members are leading the market with these devices, and rely on the lab's experience in offering reliable interoperability testing results that can get working products to the market quickly."
"Testing plays a critical role in the standardization of Ethernet technologies," said Manoj Wadekar, Ethernet Alliance Technical Chair. "Our working relationship with UNH-IOL has proven to be a true benefit for our member companies who have been able to conduct their interoperability testing in a state-of-the-art laboratory facility."
The UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies.
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