Comprehensive portfolio of advanced Gigabit Ethernet products offers ease of design

14 MARCH 2017

MC1376-Image_NMicrochip announces a new portfolio of 48 Gigabit Ethernet chips featuring advanced capabilities, certified compliance, comprehensive software support and copy-ready evaluation tools. The new suite of products, known together as GigEpack, aims to reduce complexity and remove barriers in deploying high-speed networks, opening up new uses and applications. The GigEpack includes the industry’s first single-chip Gigabit Ethernet switches with integrated HSR/DLR redundancy for ultra-high reliability in critical manufacturing applications. Also included is the industry’s first automotive-grade USB 3.1 Gen 1 to Gigabit Ethernet bridge which supports Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and infotainment systems on a variety of physical network layers.

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

The GigEpack suite of products includes three product families. The new KSZ9477/9567/9897 switch family includes features that allow users to create ultra-reliable networks with HSR/DLR redundancy and transport audio and video with Audio/Video Bridging (AVB). The KSZ9567 switch, for example, has 7-ports, an SGMII interface 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 new LAN7800/LAN7850/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 a variety of physical layers such as 1000Base-T, or 100Base-T1 and HDBaseT via RGMII.

These products 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 KSZ9477/9567/9897 switch products are available in TQFP packages. The LAN7800/7850/7801 products are available in QFN packages. The KSZ9031 PHY products are available in QFN packages.

Key Facts:

  • GigEpack suite provides certified Gigabit Ethernet switches, bridges, PHYs and tools
  • Includes first fault-tolerant Ethernet switches and first automotive-grade USB 3.1 Gen 1 to Gigabit Ethernet bridge
  • Switches enable ultra-reliable networks with HSR/DLR redundancy and audio/video bridging
  • Bridges enable Gigabit Ethernet on embedded processors across a range of physical layers

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