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PCIe Ethernet chip integrates EEPROM, passives

Posted: 14 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fast Ethernet controller? Ethernet? LAN? EnergyStar?

At Computex 2007, Marvell Technology Group Ltd unveiled the Yukon FE+ 88E8040 controller for mobile and desktop PCs. The Yukon FE+ 88E8040 features the industry?s smallest controller package size, with a new level of integration that enables a highly compact PC design while reducing system-level costs. The 88E8040 chip also delivers a new level of energy efficiency for mobile and desktop PCs along with high networking performance.

The 88E8040 is part of Marvell's Yukon family of pin-compatible Fast Ethernet and GbE controllers for PCs. The Yukon family's pin-compatibility and use of a single driver across all Yukon GbE and Fast Ethernet controllers provides PC vendors with the flexibility to leverage a single motherboard design across a broad range of consumer and enterprise platforms.

This latest addition to the Yukon family is available in the pin-compatible 64-pin QFN package, and the smaller footprint 7-by-7mm 48-pin package, said to be the smallest in the industry for a PCIe Ethernet controller.

The 88E8040 eliminates the need for external passives, voltage regulators and an external EEPROM by integrating these on the controller, thus reducing manufacturing and BOM costs by more than 20 percent while shrinking the space needed to implement LAN-on-motherboard (LOM).

While offering a tiny footprint, the 88E8040 delivers the industry's highest performance and lowest power consumption for Fast Ethernet PC connectivity. The 88E8040 packs advanced functionality for highly optimized, smart power-down modes to extend battery time in mobile PCs and to enable the most energy-efficient EnergyStar compliance. The 88E8040 also supports advanced capabilities such as IPv6 and IPv4 checksum offloads and RSS, thus enabling high network throughput and a better user experience in a variety of residential and enterprise PC applications and networks. Like all Marvell Yukon products, the 88E8040 controller supports Marvell Virtual Cable Tester technology, providing advanced cable diagnostics.

The Marvell Yukon FE+ 88E8040 is currently sampling with tier-one customers.

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