Microchip Technology recently announced the KSZ8061 single-chip 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX automotive- and industrial-grade Ethernet physical-layer transciever. Intended for data communication over low-cost Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables, it is the first of a new family based on the programmable Quiet-WIRE enhanced EMC technology, providing reduced line emissions and superior receiver immunity performance. LinkMD+ advanced cable diagnostics improves system reliability.
For energy-efficient applications, Microchip’s integrated EtherGREEN technology includes a unique Ultra Deep Sleep mode with signal-detect wakeup, which lowers standby power consumption to the sub-microampere range. With fast boot and linkup in less than 20 ms, the KSZ8061 is well suited for applications where startup time is critical. The KSZ8061 family is available with an extended temperature range of °40 to 105°Celsius for harsh-environment applications (e.g., industrial sensor networks and robotics). This Ethernet PHY transceiver family provides support for both the MII and RMII processor interfaces, for easy integration with numerous processors, MCUs and SoCs.
Microchip also has a new evaluation board, to enable functional and performance testing of the KSZ8061. The $115 KSZ8061MNX evaluation board is now available for pre-ordering.
The KSZ8061 costs $1.16 each in 10,000-unit quantities for industrial grade. Volume-production availability is expected in early 2016.
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