The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 Ethernet standard is the most broadly used standard in local area networks (LANs) and data centers worldwide. Sections of the Ethernet standard define optical, electrical chip-to-module, chip-to-chip and backplane implementations used in data center applications. Design requirements for physical layer components and complete links include lower cost implementations, better error margins and greater reliability.

You need to test your Ethernet devices across their entire product lifecycle to ensure they meet the rigid specifications set forth by the standard — from design, characterization, compliance and manufacturing test. We can help you gain greater insight into your Ethernet designs so you can get them to market faster.

Ethernet Computer I/O

Ethernet is common in work and home environments. It is used to connect personal computers, laptops and servers to network routers, switches and hubs. Today consumer Ethernet devices cost less, resulting in thinner profit margins, and higher volume production runs. We enable you to quickly and accurately test all required parameters in your Ethernet designs, to ensure the quality, reliability and interoperability of your devices.

Ethernet Wireline

Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality (VR) and streaming video put enormous demands on wireless access, driving the need for ever-increasing speeds in wired links at the access point. IEEE 802.3bz is an Ethernet variant that offers speeds of 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s over existing Cat5e and Cat6 cabling, respectively, at distances up to 100 meters. This provides non-blocking multi-gigabit connectivity between wireless access points and aggregation switches, without replacing in-ceiling cables. We can help you test the compliance of your Ethernet devices according to industry specification to ensure they work seamlessly across the limited bandwidth of the existing cable infrastructure.

Ethernet Backplane

The Ethernet backplane allows diverse types of modules, or blades, to communicate using a common interface. Speeds of backplane interfaces vary from 1 Gb/s to 25 Gb/s. When used in multiple lanes, backplane links can expand up to 100 Gb/s, such as 100GBASE-KR4. Backplanes vary in size and in the number of line cards they house, creating a variable trace length that Ethernet devices must adapt to. We enable you to navigate the complexity of compliance and interoperability of backplane designs.

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