SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move to expand its communications chip business, Intel Corp. here today announced a trio of devices designed for some new and non-traditional applications in Fast Ethernet networks.
The Santa Clara-based company is rolling out three new transceivers and repeaters based on traditional Fast Ethernet technology: the LXT973, LXT9880AGE, and LXT9785E.
Intel is announcing the Fast Ethernet-enabled devices at a time when the local-area networking market is moving towards Gigabit Ethernet and higher-speed protocols. But still, there is a large market for Fast Ethernet-enabled chips, especially in some non-traditional telecom and industrial markets, such as Internet Protocol (IP) phones, backplanes, and others, said Michele McGregor, director of marketing for Intel's Networking Components Division.
"Gigabit Ethernet and Ten Gigabit Ethernet are coming on strong," added John Deatherage, product manager at Intel. "But we still see a lot of growth in Fast Ethernet in both traditional and non-traditional markets," he said in an interview with SBN.
To attack some non-traditional markets, Intel will roll out three products. The new LXT9785E is an eight-port, 10/100-megabits-per-second Ethernet-based transceiver, which is optimized forVoice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) switch systems.
The LXT9785E contains a data terminal equipment discovery feature that detects the presence of equipment, such as an IP telephone. If an IP phone is present, the VoIP-enabled switch can then supply power over the connected data cable. This feature improves the reliability of IP telephony by ensuring power gets to the phone even when the normal power source is disrupted.
Meanwhile, the LXT973 is a dual-port, 10/100-megabits-per-second Ethernet transceiver.
Designed for IP phones, cable modems, and backplane connections, the device consists of two Ethernet-based transceivers. Each transceiver supports a separate Media Independent Interface (MII) for a connection to a Media Access Controller (MAC).
Finally, the LXT9880AGE is an eight-port, 10/100-megabits-per-second Ethernet-based repeater chip. The product is ideal for backplane applications in telecommunications equipment, where shared information and extended temperature ranges are required. Applications include Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) equipment and others.
The LXT973QC, LXT9880AGE, and LXT9785E are now available at $6.50, $29 and $14.50, respectively, in 10,000 unit quantities.