Microchip offers certified GbE chips removes network complexities

Microchip offers certified GbE chips removes network complexities: A portfolio of 48 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) chips from Microchip feature advanced capabilities, certified compliance, comprehensive software support and copy-ready evaluation tools. The GigEpack suite of products aims to reduce complexity and remove barriers in deploying high-speed networks, says the company, opening up new uses and applications.

The GigEpack portfolio includes what is claimed to be the industry’s first single-chip Gigabit Ethernet switches with integrated high-availability seamless redundancy (HSR) and device level ring (DLR) or HSR/DLR redundancy for high reliability in critical manufacturing applications. The offering also includes the industry’s first automotive-grade USB 3.1 Gen 1 to Gigabit Ethernet bridge, claims Microchip, which supports advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and infotainment systems on a variety of physical network layers.

The GigEpack suite of products is designed for industrial, automotive, and consumer applications. To ensure ease-of-use and fast time-to-market, all products are certified by University of New Hampshire Interoperability (UNH-IOP) testing and are supplied with free software drivers that are certified, or third-party approved, for use with all major operating systems (OS) running on smartly-engineered, copy-ready evaluation boards. The GigEpack suite is backed by Microchip’s free LANCheck online design service that reviews customer designs, ensuring best design practices are used.

There are three product families available. The KSZ9477, the KSZ9567, the KSZ9897 switch family includes features that allow users to create reliable networks with HSR/DLR redundancy and transport audio and video with audio/video bridging (AVB).

The KSZ9567 switch, for example, has seven ports, an Serial Gigabit Media Independent Interface (SGMII) and also features EtherSynch technology, providing support for real-time Ethernet, IEEE 1588 v2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP), AVB, and time-sensitive networking (TSN).

The LAN7800, LAN7850 and LAN7801 bridge family enables customers to add Gigabit Ethernet to embedded processors via USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 2.0 or high speed inter-chip (HSIC) bridging to physical layers such as 1000Base-T, or 100Base-T1 and HDBaseT via RGMII.

These two families join Microchip’s existing KSZ9031 family of Gigabit PHYs featuring automotive-grade robustness and low power consumption.

All products in the suite are available now for sampling or to purchase for volume production. The KSZ9477, KSZ9567 and KSZ9897 switch products are available in TQFP packages. The LAN7800, LAN7850 and LAN7801 products are available in QFN packages. The KSZ9031 PHY products are available in QFN packages.

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