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RE: [802.3af] IEE802.3af and IEC60950 - safety issues

I am not qualified to answer your questions.  It does though seem that you are mostly asking for free consultation, something that we volunteers are not required, and even advised against doing.

Bob Grow
Chair, IEEE 802.3 Working Group

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Palmer [mailto:charles@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 11:56 AM
To: stds-802-3-pwrviamdi@xxxxxxxx
Subject: [802.3af] IEE802.3af and IEC60950 - safety issues

Dear Bob, Steve and others   
I've now got the 802.3af D4.2 spec, as well as EN60950-1:2001 and I've done my best to understand them. (Note I have EN60950, not IEC60950), as far as they apply to the design of a PD. Can you check that I've got it right?
1    802.3af clause 33.4.1 says separation in in accordance with IEC60950 clause 6.2, which in turn calls for "adequate separation", without defining this. Compliance is tested by performing tests specified in 6.2.2 and EXPLICITLY STATES that the "... requirements of 2.10 regarding the dimensions and construction of CLEARANCE, CREEPAGE DISTANCE and solid insulation do not apply...". Is this really saying that all I have to do is pass the electric strength tests, and not comply with any creepage and clearance specs?
2    If that is the case, there still must be some useful guidelines I should apply to creepage, clearance, insulation etc. Any pointers?
3    I note that 802.3af clause 33.4.1 calls for either 1500Vrms steady-state, or 1500V pulses. The EN60950 spec calls for higher voltages for the impulse tests that the steady-state tests, and this seems to be the policy of IEEE802.3 (in, for example). Is it really the intention of the 802.3af spec that the steady-state and pulsed voltages should be the same? (Just checking!)
Many thanks.
Regards -
Charles Palmer
Technical Director, DSP Design Ltd
email: charles@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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