Newport Beach, Calif. Conexant Systems Inc. has launched a single-chip physical layer (PHY) device that supports the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance 2.0 (10-Mbit/second) specification and is backward-compatible with HomePNA 1.0 (1 Mbits/s).
The CX24611, which also integrates an analog front end, is designed for use in residential Internet gateways, broadband modems, routers, switches, firewalls, PCs and Internet appliances for sharing high-speed Internet access. Alberto Mantovani, division director for small business and consumer networking, said the PHY can be combined with cable modem and digital subscriber line products to provide broadband distribution in homes and multitenant units.
The device is said to feature a standards-based, media-independent interface (MII) and to be compatible with the IEEE 802.3u media access controller. Samples are slated for November availability, with production quantities scheduled to follow in the first quarter of 2001. The part is packaged in a 100-pin thin quad flat pack and is priced at $21.20 in 1,000-piece quantities.
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