Ethernet Alliance Newsletter


Welcome to 2019 – A Message from the Chair

Over the past few years Ethernet has evolved at an unprecedented pace – as six new speeds and a multitude of new electrical interfaces, electrical PHYs, and optical PHYs were introduced.  With the progression to higher speeds lane rates beyond 25 Gb/s, PAM4 was leveraged to create 50 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s lane rates.  And let’s not forget the new PoE standard that was recently ratified that will enable PSE’s to provide up to 90W.

This led to an extraordinary 2018 for the Ethernet Alliance.  Our interoperability demos at OFC and ECOC and two high speed plugfests on products ranging from 25GbE to 400GbE combined are helping the industry to develop confidence in PAM4 signaling.  Our PoE Certification Program kicked off the year with its introduction of first 37 certified products.  And we have signed an MoU with the NBASE-T Alliance to effectively transfer their assets to us, and for them to continue their efforts in our BASE-T Subcommittee.

With all this activity, I am happy to say we welcomed nearly a dozen new members in the past four months.  I would like to take a moment to welcome the following companies into our family –

  • Cassia Networks
  • Credo Semiconductors
  • ExFo Inc.
  • Foxconn Optical Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
  • Infinite Electronics
  • ON Semiconductor
  • Source Photonics
  • Spectra7 Microsystems
  • Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.
  • Wilder Technologies
  • Xena Networks Aps

2019 is shaping up to be a busy year with the following activities currently underway or in the planning stages:

We are looking forward to perhaps one of the busiest years in Ethernet Alliance history.  The Ethernet Alliance is directing its resources to the fulfillment of its mission to provide resources to the interoperability of these products and technologies, which will help to accelerate their adoption and deployment.  The greater the participation from our members, the greater the impact we can have on the industry.  So help us spread the word within your companies of all of these great activities that are underway.  The more the merrier!


John D’Ambrosia, Chairman – Ethernet Alliance

Organization News

  • Ethernet Alliance Virtual Members Meeting – Strategy Session

The Ethernet Alliance hosted a Virtual Members meeting on January 24, 2019 to discuss the strategy for the year. The presentation and recording can be found at For questions, please email

  • Conference Event Survey – Call to Action

The Ethernet Alliance is conducing a survey to better understand the shows, conferences and exhibits you may be interested in seeing the EA support. As our membership and participation is the driving force behind these marketing efforts, your opinion and input are essential for us to meet your expectations. We are interested to know which events you feel best focus your company resources, messaging and product offerings to your target markets.

Complete EA Events Survey link

The survey is anonymous and when the results are complete, the EA will publish those to the membership. Where there is significant interest, the EA will investigate and respond with a plan to support the show(s) in which our membership direct.

  • New Ethernet Alliance Website

We are excited to announce that we will be launching a new website in the coming month. Stay tuned for the official launch!

Coming Events

  • OFC 2019

The Ethernet Alliance will be participating at OFC on March 3-7, 2019 in San Diego, CA. The theme of the booth this year will be “Secret of our Success – Interoperability”. On March 6th at 3:00pm PT EA will be hosting a social within our booth, booth 4749, were we will be recognizing the winners of the Ethernet Alliance’s Holy Cup of 100 GbE Lambda Challenge. Please join us an celebrating the holy cup winners! During this show we will also be handling out the 2019 Ethernet Alliance road map. If your company is interested in getting these roadmap, please stop by or contact

  • Save the Date!  Annual Members’ Meeting & Elections

The Ethernet Alliance will be hosting their annual members meeting during the May IEEE Interim meeting. We will be holding a meeting from 6:00 – 9:00pm on Monday, May 22nd. Registration information will follow shortly.

  • NBASE-T Merger

As announced during the strategy meeting, work is underway to transfer all assets of the NBASE-T to Ethernet Alliance. Current activities of the NBASE-T will continue to be made available. More information on this merger will be coming shortly.

  • Upcoming Meetings

Provided below are the upcoming meetings for the Ethernet Alliance. You can also view upcoming meetings at

  • Ethernet Alliance Marketing Meeting – February 19th at 11am PT
  • Ethernet Alliance HSN Subcommittee Meeting – February 11th at 9am PT
  • Ethernet Alliance PoE Subcommittee Meeting – February 12th at 10am PT


Recent Ethernet Alliance News

To help keep the membership informed, we are sending out monthly recaps with recently released press releases, articles and videos. Please look out for these monthly notices! Provided below are the most recent releases.

  • Press Release:

Ethernet Alliance Honored For PoE Certification Program Excellence

The Ethernet Alliance was recognized by the IEEE Standards Association with a IEEE-SA Conformity Assessment Award for its PoE Certification Program at the annual awards ceremony on December 2, 2018. Also honored was Ethernet Alliance Board of Directors member, David Chalupsky of Intel Corporation, who received the IEEE-SA Standards Medallion for his leadership in standards development.


Next Ethernet Alliance Higher Speed Networking Plugfest Set for December 2018, as Industry Demand for Trustworthy Interoperability Testing Intensifies

Ethernet Alliance Higher Speed Networking Plugfest for port data rates ranging from 25 Gb/s to 400 Gb/s kicks off Dec. 3, 2018 and will be held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory.


  • Industry Articles:

Lightwave’s Friday 5

December 21, 2018

By Stephen Hardy

This roundup of the week’s news includes the Ethernet Alliance Higher Speed Networking Plugfest as the number 5 story.


Ethernet Alliance wraps second Higher Speed Networking Plugfest of 2018

December 20, 2018

By Stephen Hardy

Lightwave Stephen Hardy visited the Higher Speed Networking Plugfest event at UNH-IOL during the week of December 3 and spoke with event Chair and Board Member David Chalupsky about the plugfest.



Friday 5 video for 01.04.19: 5 most important stories for 2018

Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director and Associate Publisher

#5 story of 2018 – Ethernet Alliance Salutes Approval of IEEE 802.3bs 200G/400G Standard

– Lightwave editor Stephen Hardy selects the Ethernet Alliance support for approval of IEEE 802.3bs for 200G/400G Ethernet as a top story for 2018.


The Fast Mode

Ethernet in 2019

By John D’Ambrosia, Chair, Ethernet Alliance

-Ethernet Alliance Chair John D’Ambrosia shares his thoughts on the year ahead for Ethernet.