Sunday, June 27, 2010

UNH-IOL Begins Energy Efficient Ethernet Testing

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has begun offering third-party testing of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), or IEEE 802.3az, which enables network devices to enter a low power idle mode when not transmitting data, drastically reducing energy requirements.

In compliance with the IEEE 802.3az Task Force's current draft standard, the UNH-IOL's EEE testing service allows member companies to assess the interoperability of devices before the standard is finalized, providing the opportunity to have market-ready equipment available as soon as the standard is approved.

"The standard is expected to be completed by 2011 and products that support the current draft of the standard are now being released," said Jeff Lapak, senior engineer for the UNH-IOL. "Energy efficiency is top of mind with our member companies and their customers so the pre-testing process will allow them to be able to deliver new solutions in the quickest possible timeframe."