Avnet unveils low-cost gigabit network FMC module; adopts Ethernet PHYs from Microchip, accelerates development of industrial IoT

Avnet introduced Tuesday the Avnet Network FMC Module, offering designers of emerging industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications Gigabit Ethernet switching at less than half the cost of devices currently available on the market.

Optimized for Xilinx FPGA and SoC-based industrial Ethernet digital communications systems, the new Dual 1000 Mbps Networking FMC Module supports applications such as cloud-based data centers and industrial automation.

The Avnet Network FMC Module enables Industrial Ethernet digital communications, which is a key component to Industry 4.0 applications. The module is designed to operate with any Avnet or Xilinx base board that is FMC enabled.

Utilizing the dual compatible 10/100/1000 Ethernet PHYs, the Network FMC Module can consumers started with Xilinx FPGA and SoC based designs.

This new module has several reference designs that are compatible with Avnet’s own UltraZed family of boards, plus this VITA 57 standards-based module is also compatible with other Xilinx Zynq-UltraScale+ boards currently available.

Technical specifications include FMC LPC single-width module, dual RGMII 10/100/1000 Ethernet PHY, dual Ethernet MAC ID EEPROM, IPMI EEPROM, bi-color status LEDs and 3.3V – 1.8V IO voltage compatibility

“By bringing together key technologies from Microchip, Avnet and Xilinx, we have succeeded in developing a Network FMC Module that satisfies customer needs for gigabit Ethernet, while dramatically reducing the cost to deploy,” said Kevin Keryk, technical marketing manager, Avnet. “This Network FMC Module opens up a world of possibilities for designers to accelerate development of industrial IoT and connected factory systems, including Gigabit Ethernet switches, industrial IoT gateways, hardware-accelerated routers and real-time Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN).”


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