Ethernet Alliance Launches Gen 2 PoE Certification Program

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, has announced the launch of its Gen 2 Power over Ethernet (PoE) Certification Program, the company said.

Responding to rising industry and end user demand for seamlessly interoperating PoE products and solutions, the program incorporates certification testing, certification logos, and a public registry of certified products. With the completion of its successful Gen 2 pilot program, Gen 2 PoE Certified product testing will open to the public in July 2020.

The Ethernet Alliance Gen 2 PoE Certification Program now incorporates testing and certification of equipment developed to IEEE 802.3bt™, which defines two additional types of PSEs and PDs, Types 3 and 4, that support class 1 — 8 power up to 90W over 4-pair cables. With the program´s launch, new “EA Certified 2.0” logos are available for use on certified PoE products and supporting documentation. Providing an unambiguous visual cue, the new certification logos clearly identify PSE and PD products, offering a high level of confidence of interoperability between existing and new PoE devices from multiple manufacturers.

In advance of opening the testing to the public in July 2020, the Ethernet Alliance conducted a members-only PoE Gen 2 Certification pilot test program. Having completed interoperability testing, devices in the pilot program will receive “EA Certified 2.0” approval and be added to the organization´s public certified product registry. Ethernet Alliance members participating in the pilot program are Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI); Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE); Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO); Fluke Networks; Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCHP); ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: ON); Signify (EURONEXT: LIGHT); and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN).

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.