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Newly Formed Ethernet Alliance Supports the Advancement of IEEE 802 Ethernet Standards

New York, Jan 10, 2006

A new industry group dedicated to the support and expansion of Ethernet technology has been launched by eighteen technology companies and research organizations, including several members of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Ethernet Alliance was created to promote industry awareness, acceptance and advancement of technology and products based on existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards, developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an ANSI accredited standards developer. The Ethernet Alliance does not yet have an official relationship with IEEE.

The Ethernet Alliance's mission is to serve as an industry resource that will help member companies increase acceptance and reduce time-to-market of Ethernet products by supporting the advancement of existing and emerging Ethernet technologies. The Ethernet networking standard is now the most widely deployed network technology in the world.

Founding members of the Ethernet Alliance are 3Com, ADC, Agere Systems, Aquantia, Broadcom, Force10 Networks, Foundry Networks, Intel, Lawrence Berkley Labs, Pioneer Corporation, Quake Technologies, Samsung, Sun Microsystems, Tehuti Networks, Tyco Electronics, The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), and Xilinx.

"Although Ethernet has existed for more than 25 years, it does not have an industry voice that represents the spectrum of IEEE 802 Ethernet standards developments and serves the IEEE 802 Ethernet industry as a whole," said Brad Booth, president of the Ethernet Alliance. "With the strong support of our founding members, the Ethernet Alliance will be that voice, and we will move aggressively to accelerate the growth and expansion of IEEE 802 Ethernet technologies."

"The Ethernet Alliance will play a critical supporting role in the 802 Ethernet industry. As the 'voice' for the industry, the Ethernet Alliance can become the one place to go to support Ethernet standards developments and advancements," said Cindy Borovick, program director, Datacenter Networks program, IDC.

According to press materials from the Ethernet Alliance, the group intends to improve upon past alliances that were perceived as too narrow because they supported single IEEE 802 Ethernet projects. The Ethernet Alliance “will exist for as long as it remains relevant to IEEE 802 Ethernet technology.”

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