January 23, 2014
The Ethernet Alliance has announced the formation of its Power over Ethernet (PoE) Subcommittee that will support both new and ongoing IEEE 802.3 projects encompassing PoE, 10, 40, and 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s) Ethernet and Next Generation Passive Optical Networking (EPON).
“The shifting Ethernet landscape encompasses a broad spectrum of technologies and a diversity of new challenges; however, there is one underlying commonality: the need for reliable power,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance, and principal technologist at Brocade. “PoE meets this need while delivering measureable cost-savings, and improving safety and reliability. 4-Pair PoE, being standardized in IEEE P802.3bt, will deliver at least 49W to thin clients or other new applications like intelligent building management systems.”
The new subcommittee’s mission is to help expand IEEE’s growing library of PoE standards and extend the range of applications and devices using the technology.
The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals.