Ethridge is United States Patent holder for inventions related to the field of high-speed data networks relating to the telecommunication industry. Ethridge holds key patents relating to optical fiber technology for large telecommunications carriers. The patents are directly related to Fiber to the Home (FTTH), Fiber to the Curb (FTTC). Ethridge is Listed as Inventor, or Inventors for the following United States Patents;
- United States Patent 6,104,921, Communications modular docking station
- United States Patent 6,353,609, Digital packet network for the local access loop
- United States Patent 6,362,908, Multi-service adaptable optical network unit
- United States Patent 6,366,464, Card cage for circuit cards in an optical network unit
- United States Patent 6,466,572, Distributed Ethernet hub
Ethridge was born in Birmingham, Alabama He was raised in Pensacola, Florida where he attended Woodham High School (1974-1978). Ethridge received his electronics degree from United Electronics Institute in Tampa, Florida at which time Ethridge worked for Westinghouse Nuclear Systems, pressurised water reactor division .
Ethridge worked for 18 years in the position of Senior Staff Engineer for Marconi Communications, Access Systems North America (formerly RELTEC), Strategic Technology Group Irving, Texas . Ethridge holds several service awards from Marconi. 1998, 1999 Marketing Awards as well as the only Engineer awarded membership in the corporations distinguished Presidents Club.
Ethridge was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease before the age of 40. Ethridge lives with his wife and son in Fort Worth, Texas . Ethridge like many other Parkinson's sufferers awaits a cure for this degenerative disease. Ethridge maintains a website at External Link: Barry Ethridge