Enables increased connectivity and network optimisation while lowering costs for industrial automation networks
To remove dependency on such expensive solutions for deterministic communications, the SparX-5i family of Ethernet switches, a single-chip solution, now offers a complete TSN feature set.
The SparX-5i family supports TSN IEEE standards such as IEEE 1588v2 and IEEE 802.1AS-REV profile for Time Synchronisation, IEEE 802.1Qbv for Traffic Shaping, IEEE 802.1Qbu/802.3br for Delay Reduction, IEEE 802.1Qci for Stream Policing and IEEE 802.1CB for Seamless Redundancy. These allow effective real-time communication.
Offering these standards in a single chip guarantees end-to-end transmission of high-priority traffic with extremely low latency. Additionally, the family supports standard L2/L3 Ethernet with up to 200G of bandwidth, incorporating 100M, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, 10G and 25 GbE interfaces for flexible connectivity solution.
“With SparX-5i family of Ethernet switches, we’re providing a simplified pathway to a TSN compatible infrastructure, helping achieve real-time data communication across the entire network,” said Charles Forni, vice president of Microchip’s USB and networking business unit. “The SparX-5i family addresses all levels of the industrial automation network, from the field bus to the factory backbone.”
The VSC6817SDK IStaX Linux Application Software is a turnkey industrial Ethernet switch software solution that uses the latest Linux operating system for optimal performance and cost-effective implementation. It’s highly integrated with advanced L2+ switch features, such as QCLs and ACLs, and includes support for key TSN features.
SparX-5i and SparX-5 switches are available in volume production from Microchip Technology or its authorised worldwide distributor. Evaluation boards and reference designs are also available upon request.