HP Demonstrates First Operational 1000Base-T Technology

HP announced at NetWorld+Interop in Las Vegas on May 18 that it has provided the first working demonstration of 1000Base-T technology. The demonstration, which uses Broadcom’s (Irvine, Calif.) recently announced Gigabit Ethernet transceiver chip for copper cabling, displayed real data traffic (streamed video) passing through HP ProCurve switches at 1000Mb per second over twisted-pair cabling.

HP also announced that it intends to develop a 1000Base-T interface for its ProCurve family of products, including the ProCurve Switch 4000M, Switch 2424M and Switch 8000M.

“HP intends to continue to drive high-performance technologies into affordable price points and provide our customers with cost-effective solutions,” said John McHugh, general manager of HP ProCurve Networking. “The development of this 1000Base-T technology is exciting because HP will be able to advance its suite of Gigabit Ethernet products.”

HP believes Ethernet will continue to be an extremely popular local area network (LAN) protocol and that Gigabit Ethernet is the next logical step -- it offers a natural performance-upgrade path from 10Base-T and 100Base-T because it operates on the same cabling systems. It also offers customers lower cost and complexity than other backbone interconnect-technology options.