SMSC Delivers Industry's Smallest Full-Featured 10/100 Ethernet Transceivers

LAN8700 and LAN8700i with SMSC flexPWR(TM) Technology Provide Industry Leading Combination of Size, Power and Features for Commercial and Industrial 10/100 Ethernet Products

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 2, 2006— Expanding on the industry's broadest of Ethernet connectivity solutions for embedded applications in consumer electronics, industrial and enterprise hardware, SMSC (Nasdaq: SMSC) today introduced its third generation 10/100 Ethernet Physical Layer Transceivers (PHYs). The LAN8700 and LAN8700i feature SMSC flexPWR(TM) technology, which provides a flexible power management architecture that can be configured to optimize total system power, critical for applications such as set-top boxes, digital video recorders, network printers and servers, IP and video phones, digital televisions, gaming consoles and POS terminals.

With the LAN8700 and LAN8700i, an integrated 3.3V to 1.8V regulator can be enabled for single supply operation, or disabled to save power if an external 1.8V supply is available. Additional system power can be saved by optimizing the I/O voltage to the lowest voltage possible within the configurable LVCMOS capable 1.6V to 3.6V range. The lower I/O voltage capability of the LAN8700 and LAN8700i enable the design of reduced cost and higher performance ASICs, SoCs and FPGAs through migration to lower geometry processes.

In addition to standard features such as IEEE 802.3/802.3u compliance, UNH interoperability certification and a Media Independent Interface (MII), the LAN8700 and LAN8700i deliver additional features:

-- HP Auto-MDIX

-- A low pin count Reduced Media Independent Interface (RMII)

-- Low current consumption

-- Operation over the commercial (LAN8700) and industrial (LAN8700i) temperature ranges

-- A compact 36QFN sub-millimeter profile package with a 55% smaller footprint as compared to other full-featured PHYs

With the addition of the LAN8700 and LAN8700i, SMSC's family of 10/100 Ethernet PHYs has been expanded to support customer products that require a smaller footprint and lower power solution without compromising on features. Additionally, for designs already utilizing the current generation of SMSC Ethernet PHYs, the LAN8187 is available in a TQFP package, which provides an easy upgrade path and the same electrical features as the LAN8700. For industrial applications, the LAN8187i is also available in a TQFP package with the same electrical features as the LAN8700i.

"Many of our customers have been asking for a smaller footprint and lower power 10/100 Ethernet PHY with features such as HP Auto-MDIX, commercial and industrial temperature support and a flexible power management architecture to optimize system power," said Vamshi Kandalla, Director of Marketing - Networking Products at SMSC. "Leveraging our mixed-signal and analog IC design expertise, SMSC proudly offers a solution with the industry's smallest full-featured Fast Ethernet PHY with SMSC flexPWR technology."

The LAN8700, LAN8700i, LAN8187 and LAN8187i are the latest additions to SMSC's portfolio of 10/100 Ethernet connectivity solutions for embedded applications, the broadest in the industry, including stand-alone transceivers, MAC controllers and integrated single-chip MAC+PHY products.


The LAN8700 and LAN8700i (industrial temperature range) are available in a 6mm x 6mm x 0.9mm 36QFN lead-free package. The LAN8187 and LAN8187i (industrial temperature range) are available in a 10mm x 10mm x 1.4mm 64TQFP lead-free package. Qualification samples of all devices are available today.

About SMSC:

Many of the world's most successful global technology companies rely upon SMSC as a go-to resource for semiconductor system solutions that span analog, digital and mixed-signal technologies. Leveraging substantial intellectual property, integration expertise and a comprehensive global infrastructure, SMSC solves design challenges and delivers performance, space, cost and time-to-market advantages to its customers. SMSC's application focus targets key vertical markets including mobile and desktop PCs, servers, consumer electronics, automotive infotainment and industrial applications. The Company has developed leadership positions in its select markets by providing application specific solutions such as mixed-signal PC system controllers, non-PCI Ethernet, ARCNET, MOST, Hi-Speed USB and other high-speed serial communications.

SMSC is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York with operations in North America, Asia and Europe. Engineering design centers are located in Arizona, New York, Texas and Karlsruhe, Germany. Additional information is available at

SMSC is a registered trademark, and flexPWR is a trademark, of Standard Microsystems Corporation.

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