Voices of Ethernet: Geoff Thompson

Nov. 4, 2021
Geoff Thompson, part of the IEEE 803.3 Ethernet Working Group since 1983, started using Ethernet in 1974 at Xerox Research.

This is part of the video series The Voices of Ethernet

Geoff Thompson has been part of the IEEE 803.3 Ethernet Working Group since 1983. He chaired it from 1993 until 2002, a period in which standards innovations such as 1000BASE-T and Gigabit Ethernet “effectively cemented Ethernet as the top dog in wired LANs (local area networks).”

But his connection with the technology and its inventors goes even further back. “I was a very, very early customer of Ethernet.” At Xerox Research in 1974, he was working on laser printing when David Boggs, a co-inventor of Ethernet, introduced Thompson and his colleagues to an early implementation of the technology for connecting computers in their labs. “So I was an early user of the experimental internet.”

Learn More about Geoff Thompson

Sponsored Recommendations

TTI Transportation Resource Center

April 8, 2024
From sensors to vehicle electrification, from design to production, on-board and off-board a TTI Transportation Specialist will help you keep moving into the future. TTI has been...

Cornell Dubilier: Push EV Charging to Higher Productivity and Lower Recharge Times

April 8, 2024
Optimized for high efficiency power inverter/converter level 3 EV charging systems, CDE capacitors offer high capacitance values, low inductance (< 5 nH), high ripple current ...

TTI Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Line Card

April 8, 2024
Components for Infrastructure, Connectivity and On-board Systems TTI stocks the premier electrical components that hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers and suppliers need...

Bourns: Automotive-Grade Components for the Rough Road Ahead

April 8, 2024
The electronics needed for transportation today is getting increasingly more demanding and sophisticated, requiring not only high quality components but those that interface well...

Comments

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Electronic Design, create an account today!