Aiming to boost multi-vendor interoperability in PoE, the Ethernet Alliance has announced the first 37 certified products through its PoE certification program.
Products from multiple Ethernet industry leaders were tested at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, N.H. Newly certified products range from component level evaluation boards, to power sourcing equipment (PSE) enterprise switches, to midspan PoE power sources
Participants in the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program included Analog Devices, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, Microsemi Corporation, Philips Lighting NV, and Texas Instruments, with additional organizations expected to join swiftly.
“Multivendor interoperability is Ethernet’s hallmark and an important consideration – consumers want to know their products will just work, while industry players need a way to find new partnership opportunities with companies offering certified equipment,” said Tam Dell’Oro, founder and CEO, Dell’Oro Group, Inc. “The global Ethernet PoE switch market is surging, with 750 million PoE-enabled switches and hundreds of millions of devices expected to be delivered over the next five years. With participants representing some 60 percent of PoE-enabled switch ports shipped worldwide, this program is a boon to both end users and the Ethernet ecosystem. Consumers can buy PoE solutions with greater confidence in their multivendor interoperability, and industry stakeholders have a valuable new avenue for forging critical business relationships.”
“The Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program offers a simple visual cue for identifying products certified to program requirements. The easy-to-read logo clearly illustrates which types of PSE and powered devices (PD) will work together, maintaining the robust interoperability and dependable performance Ethernet is known for”, the announcement noted.
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