GigEpack includes suite of certified products and tools including industry’s first fault tolerant Ethernet switch
27 March 2017, New Delhi, [NASDAQ: MCHP] — A new portfolio of 48 Gigabit Ethernet chips featuring advanced capabilities, certified compliance, comprehensive software support and copy-ready evaluation tools is now available from Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. 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 UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory) certified. 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.
“With the introduction of the GigEpack, Microchip is offering a comprehensive platform of high-reliability Gigabit Ethernet products,” says Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s USB and Networking division. “Our goal is to make these products readily available and easy-to-design. Our products, drivers, boards and documentation are freely available to every customer directly through our product Web pages.”
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 AVB (audio/video bridging). 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.