Microchip Releases SparX-5i Family of Ethernet Switches

By Perry Cohen

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

February 11, 2021


Microchip Releases SparX-5i Family of Ethernet Switches
(Image courtesy of Microchip)

Microchip Technology announced the release of its SparX-5i family of Ethernet switches.

The family is a single-chip, IEEE standards-based solution, offering a TSN feature set.

The TSN standards that SparX-5i supports include IEEE 1588v2 and IEEE 802.1AS-REV profile for Time Synchronization; IEEE 802.1Qbv for Traffic Shaping; IEEE 802.1Qbu/802.3br for Delay Reduction; IEEE 802.1Qci for Stream Policing; and IEEE 802.1CB for Seamless Redundancy.

By offering the standards in a single chip allows for end-to-end transmission of high-priority traffic with low latency. Further, it also supports L2/L3 Ethernet and up to 200G of bandwidth. 100M, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, 10G, and 25 GbE interfaces are incorporated for a flexible connectivity solution.

According to a company press release, in addition to the SparX-5i family, Microchip also provides the SparX-5 family of enterprise Ethernet switches supporting standard L2/L3 Ethernet with up to 200G of bandwidth, incorporating 100M, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, 10G and 25 GbE interfaces.

Microchip also release a turnkey industrial Ethernet switch software solution designed to support the company’s Ethernet switch devices: The VSC6817SDK IStaX Linux Application Software.

For more information, visit http://www.microchip.com/.

Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation, podcast production, and social media efforts. Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including KTAR.com (Phoenix), ArizonaSports.com (Phoenix), AZFamily.com, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university.

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