UNH-IOL Validates PowerDsine for IEEE 802.3af Interoperability

12/5/2003 - The latest IEEE 802.3af-compliant products by PowerDsine®, the leader in Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions, were validated as fully interoperable in last month's third Power over Ethernet Group Test Period operated by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham.

PowerDsine's newly announced PD64012 12-Channel Power over Ethernet Manager, the first and only complete PoE solution on an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), and the 6000 family of PoE midspans, the company's flagship midspan line, passed all the tests successfully. The testing forum enabled participants to connect end terminals, such as IP telephones and wireless LAN access points, to Power Sourcing Equipment (PSEs), to ensure that their products function together in the 802.3af environment. Devices, such as Avaya, 3Com and Polycom IP phones, were all tested to be interoperable with the PowerDsine products. PowerDsine is one of the founding members of the Power over Ethernet Consortium, along with 3Com, Extreme Networks, Nortel Networks and Texas Instruments. PowerDsine, the only company to bring new PoE Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) products to all three PoE Group Test Periods, was joined by a record number of companies. The PoE Consortium now lists 12 members, with additions, such as: Avaya, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and Polycom.

"We are thrilled to announce that our PD64012 chip completed all of the UNH-IOL Power over Ethernet Consortium tests. What this means is that our chip performs correctly and can work with all IEEE 802.3af-compliant powered devices in the world," said Igal Rotem, CEO and Co-founder of PowerDsine. Gerard Nadeau, PoE Consortium Manager, stated: "Each Group Test Period has attracted new participants, and we are hoping that future PoE testing will continue to draw more vendors. With each group test, we refine our test procedures and test suites. The increased industry support at this Group Test Period is reflected in the significant number of PoE-enabled devices. The participants at this test period have made a commitment to developing interoperable devices that conform to the IEEE 802.3af standard." Complete results of the interoperability tests for all PowerDsine products can be obtained from PowerDsine. Samples of the PD64012 12-Channel Power over Ethernet Manager are immediately available. PowerDsine products are IEEE 802.3af- 2003 compliant and also work with pre-standard proprietary solutions.

About Power over Ethernet Technology
PoE is a technology for wired Ethernet, the most widely installed local area network technology in use today. PoE allows the electrical power necessary for the operation of each device, to be carried by data cables rather than by power cords. It minimizes the number of wires that must be strung in order to install the network, resulting in lower cost, less downtime, easier maintenance and greater installation flexibility.

PoE potentially reduces the cost of installing wireless LAN access points by up to 50 percent. Because the network switches also can deliver power through the standard Ethernet infrastructure, the need to connect each access point to a separate electrical circuit and install additional AC power outlets is eliminated. Beyond cost effectiveness, PoE also can provide customers with uninterruptible power for critical applications such as IP (Internet protocol) phones, security cameras, entry loggers and other powered data terminals.

About PowerDsine
PowerDsine (www.powerdsine.com) is the world leader in Power over Ethernet technology, providing the ability to deliver both power and data over a single network cable. PowerDsine offers converged power and data solutions to corporate users via its own range of equipment and via OEM agreements with the leading communications equipment manufacturers. PowerDsine's product line offers a variety of Power over Ethernet midspan devices as well as integrated solutions, which are embedded directly into Ethernet switches. PowerDsine holds 85 percent share of the midspan market and a 50 percent share of the integrated solutions market. The company was a founding member of the IEEE 802.3af Task Force.

About the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory
Established in 1988, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive interoperability and conformance-based testing through 15 technology-based groups, called Consortiums:10 Gigabit Ethernet, ADSL, Bridge Functions, DOCSIS, Fast Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, IPv6, iSCSI, MPLS, Power over Ethernet, Routing, SHDSL, VDSL, and Wireless. Test solutions created at the UNH-IOL offer a set of methods to increase interoperability through protocol operations, signaling, point-to-point and multi-system scenarios. For more information, visit the UNH-IOL website at: http://www.iol.unh.edu

PowerDsine is a registered trademark of PowerDsine Ltd.

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