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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

IoT drives Ethernet switching into embedded

By Nick Flaherty

Switch Silicon and Software Optimized for Industrial Ethernet Applications Targets Industrial Internet of Things Market

Microsemi has launched a new family of low power Ethernet switches for the growing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market.

Designed for the specific needs of industrial applications such as factory automation, process control, smart grid/smart energy and physical security, the Ocelot switches simplify IIoT network migration to an Ethernet backbone with flexible interfaces, TCAM based classifications, 1588 timing and ring protection in a small package.

“Ethernet’s use in industrial communications is increasingly widespread as the industry looks to modernize their networks onto this ubiquitous standard,” said Larry O’Connell, director of product marketing at Microsemi. “The addition of our new Ocelot devices expands our portfolio and provides IIoT customers with a cost-effective solution that does not compromise on features.”

According to ARC Advisory Group, the industrial Ethernet switch market is now over $1 billion annually and expected to grow at double-digit rates for the next five years.

Microsemi’s Ocelot family includes:
• VSC7511, a four-port, layer 2 gigabit Ethernet switch with four fully integrated copper PHYs (shown above)
• VSC7512, a 10-port, layer 2 gigabit Ethernet switch with four fully integrated copper PHYs
• VSC7513, an eight-port, layer 2/3 gigabit Ethernet switch
• VCS7514, a 10-port layer 2/3 gigabit Ethernet switch

In addition to using Microsemi’s technology to offer low power, small package sizes, 1588 timing and ring protection, the Ocelot switches feature optimised port configurations, unmanaged and managed options, and IStaX software optimized for the industrial market.

The family is sampling now, with production scheduled for summer 2016. Evaluation boards for the devices are available now.

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