Latest Ethernet Alliance High-Speed Networking Plugfest has 97% pass rate

Aug. 15, 2019
If the latest Ethernet Alliance High Speed Networking (HSN) Plugfest is any indication, industry is making significant progress toward developing multivendor interoperable high-speed devices.

If the latest Ethernet Alliance High Speed Networking (HSN) Plugfest is any indication, industry is making significant progress toward developing multivendor interoperable high-speed devices. The event, conducted the week of April 29, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, NH, attracted 13 companies looking to put their 25-Gbps to 400-Gbps products through a series of interoperability exercises. The overall pass rate was greater than 97%, says the Ethernet Alliance.

The third plugfest to address this range of transmission rates followed a similar event held last December (see “Ethernet Alliance wraps second Higher Speed Networking Plugfest of 2018”). Products for 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) through 400GbE were tested in such form factors as OSFP, QSFP, and QSFP-DD, the Ethernet Alliance reports. The interoperability exercises included electrical and optical interconnects, new signaling and modulation technologies, switches and NICs, cabling, and test and measurement platforms and methodologies. The Ethernet Alliance says Frame Error Rate (FER) tests produced a 100% pass rate and, overall, functional interoperability tests achieved an aggregated 97.5% pass rate.

Companies taking part included Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH); Anritsu Co. (TYO: 6754); Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET); Credo Semiconductor, Inc.; EXFO, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO); Fluke Corp. (NYSE: FTV); HG Genuine Co., Ltd.; Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC); The Siemon Co.; Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT); Tektronix, Inc.; Teledyne LeCroy, Inc. (NYSE: TDY); and Wilder Technologies, LLC.

“This latest Ethernet Alliance plugfest was a valuable opportunity for testing of both pre-release and market-ready products and solutions against IEEE standards in a confidential, non-competitive environment. The substantial turnout among member companies and high volume of successful tests speaks to Ethernet’s enduring legacy of continuous improvement,” said Dave Chalupsky, plugfest chair and board of directors member, Ethernet Alliance, and network product architect at Intel Corp. “Ethernet’s hallmark multivendor interoperability makes it ideal for addressing global demand for higher-speed connectivity. Test events like this are the key to unleashing that interoperability, so we’re definitely looking forward to our next HSN Plugfest in October 2019.”

The plugfests are open exclusively to Ethernet Alliance members. The group plans to recreate at least some of the plugfest activities during this fall’s ECOC 2019 in Dublin, Ireland, at Booth 134.

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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