SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. today released a complete 10/100/1,000-megabits-per-second Gigabit-over-copper adapter-card manufacturing kit solution with the industry's lowest power consumption, aimed at helping network-system manufacturers get to market quicker with gigabit LANs.
National's kit combines the low-power enhanced Gig Phyter DP83861 transceiver, the Gig MAC DP83820 network interface controller, and a complete suite of software drivers.
"National's Gigabit NIC network interface card solution answers one of the most important questions network administrators face: How to prepare the infrastructure for the inevitable transition to Gigabit bandwidth without disturbing the existing network and at an economical cost-point," said Brian Halla, CEO of National. "The combination of low power consumption andunmatched interoperability provided by National allows administrators to quickly, easily and economically `future-proof' their entire network."
The new Gig MAC DP83820 controller is a fully-integrated media access controller (MAC) on 0.18-micron process technology that can support full duplex 10/100/1,000-Mbit/sec. transmission and reception. It supports both fiber (1000BASE-X) and copper (1000BASE-T) tranceivers via Ten-Bit interface (TBI) and GMII interfaces, allowing implementation of long haul and short haul NICs.
To jump start the Gigabit NIC market, National is also providing a full suite of software drivers including support for Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows 2000, Linux, Novell, SCO Unixware, SCO Open Server, Solaris, Macintosh OS9, and Vx Works.
The Enhanced Gig Phyter DP83861 transceiver is an IEEE-compliant, integrated 10/100/1000- Mbit/sec. Gigabit-over-copper Ethernet transceiver that is totally interoperable with all previously shipped Gigabit products, National said.
National was able to migrate its fabrication facilities in Maine from 0.35-micron to 0.18-micron in just three months to get its Gigabit solution ahead out of the competition, said Gobi Padmanabhan, senior vice president of National's Network Products Group.
"The Enhanced Gig Phyter offers manufacturers everything they need for quick time-to-market implementation into existing infrastructures," said Lauri Vickers, industry analyst with Cahners In-Stat Group in Phoenix.
"The Gigabit segment is the fastest-growing segment of the LAN market," said IdaRose Sylvester, senior industry analyst at Dataquest in San Jose. "Products with low power and high interoperability will enjoy a faster adoption rate by allowing higher switch port counts, enabling the Gigabit marketplace."
The DP83820 Gig MAC network interface, the DP83861 Enhanced Gig Phyter Ethernet transceiver and the complete manufacturing kit are currently being sampled, and are expected to be in full production by July.