Transceivers with support for optoelectronics protocols including fibre transport have been unveiled by Micrel.
In its new KSZ8051/8031 family of single-port 10/100 transceivers, Micrel - a developer of integrated circuits (ICs) for Ethernet switches and other networking devices - claims to have halved the amount of power needed to support connectivity.
Compatible with both conventional copper networks and optoelectronics built around optical fibres, the transceivers are intended to accommodate devices such as set-top boxes which need to comply with certification schemes such as EnergyStar.
Director of Ethernet products Wiren Perera says: "Energy efficiency and compliance to important green standards such as EnergyStar are becoming paramount in the digital home, making Micrel's new devices a key enabler for the pervasive adoption of IP connectivity."
The devices are also said to be well suited to automotive and industrial developers, thanks to their quality and high levels of reliability.
Micrel says that its Ethernet product line has grown and evolved in accordance with the expanding market, becoming renowned for low power demands, interoperability and robust performance.