New Line Of SMSC Energy Efficient Ethernet Transceivers Delivers Significant Power Savings

SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC), a leading semiconductor company enabling content-rich connectivity systems, today launched a family of energy-efficient, low power 10/100 Ethernet Physical Layer Transceivers (PHYs) for consumer, industrial and enterprise hardware applications. The LAN8740, LAN8741 and LAN8742 offer up to 50 percent lower power consumption than existing SMSC transceivers. Primary applications include set-top boxes, digital video recorders, network printers and servers, IP and video phones, digital televisions, industrial control and embedded systems. In its more than 15 years of designing networking products, SMSC has shipped over 250 million Ethernet ports and is relied upon by a global customer base as a single supplier of a variety of networking products designed to work with a broad range of device architectures.

The LAN8740 and LAN8741 implement the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet standard directly into the physical layer. IEEE 802.3az is an amendment to the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard, defining mechanisms and protocols intended to reduce the energy consumption of network links during periods of low utilization, by transitioning interfaces into a low-power state. The LAN8742 implements a “Wake on LAN” mode, which allows systems to enter a low power state and wake on desired network traffic, thereby conserving resources during downtimes. These innovations allow customers to upgrade their existing systems for greater energy efficiency simply by changing the Ethernet PHY.

“There is a fast growing demand to conserve system power in nearly all networked systems,” said Rolf Mahler, Vice President and General Manager of SMSC’s Industrial and Networking Group. “SMSC addresses this demand through implementation of the Energy Efficiency Ethernet specifications. Now, we are taking these solutions a step further with a more intelligent PHY that allows the system to enter low power sleep states while monitoring select data traffic with ‘Wake On LAN’ functionality. In addition, the LAN874x family introduces cable diagnostics capabilities to detect and troubleshoot cable issues as well as deterministic latency for precision timing of data delivery. The result is a family of transceivers that provide an extraordinarily feature-rich, environment-friendly set of Ethernet connectivity solutions.”

The LAN8740, LAN8741 and LAN8742 PHYs have an integrated voltage regulator and ESD protection components. The MAC interface supports flexible I/O voltages from 1.6V to 3.6V required by higher performance ASICs, SoCs and FPGAs which continue to migrate to lower geometry processes requiring lower I/O voltage support. The LAN874x family of devices provides support for flexible I/O voltage to enable a highly optimized system design. The LAN8740, LAN8741 and LAN8742 offer the flexibility of disabling on-chip regulators to reduce system power consumption.

In addition to standard features such as IEEE 802.3/802.3u compliance, UNH interoperability certification, HP Auto-MDIX support and MII/RMII interfaces, the LAN8740, LAN8741 and LAN8742 PHYs deliver additional features:
  • SMSC’s flexPWRTM technology for low power consumption & variable I/O voltage support
  • Cable diagnostics for reporting of cable faults and proactive system maintenance
  • Deterministic latency for precision timing in Industrial applications
  • Single 25MHz Crystal design
  • Operation over extended commercial (0 to 70 degree C) and industrial (-40 to 85 degree C) temperature ranges
  • Compact 5x5mm 32QFN (LAN8740, LAN8741) and 4x4mm 24QFN (LAN8742) RoHS compliant packages

Additionally, SMSC provides an easy migration path from current LAN8710 and LAN8720 transceivers to the new LAN8740, LAN8741 and LAN8742 transceivers with minimal redesign efforts. SMSC offers one of the broadest families of Ethernet connectivity solutions in the industry, which include stand-alone transceivers, MAC controllers, integrated single-chip MAC+PHY products, switches and USB to Ethernet bridges.

The LAN8740, LAN8741 and LAN8742 samples and evaluation kits are available now with mass production slated for later in 2012.

Pricing will range from $0.69 to $0.95 in volume production.

About SMSC

SMSC is a leading developer of Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity solutions. SMSC employs a unique systems level approach that incorporates a broad set of technologies and intellectual property to deliver differentiating products to its customers. The company is focused on delivering connectivity solutions that enable the proliferation of data in personal computers, automobiles, portable consumer devices and other applications. SMSC’s feature-rich products drive a number of industry standards and include USB, MOST ® automotive networking, JukeBlox ® and Kleer ® wireless audio, embedded system control and analog solutions, including thermal management and RightTouch ® capacitive sensing. SMSC is headquartered in New York and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia, Europe and India. Additional information is available at www.smsc.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this announcement are forward-looking statements about expected future events and financial and operating results that involve risks and uncertainties. These uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different from those discussed in forward-looking statements. Our risks and uncertainties include the timely development and market acceptance of new products; the impact of competitive products and pricing; our ability to procure capacity from our suppliers and the timely performance of their obligations, commodity prices, interest rates and foreign exchange, potential investment losses as a result of liquidity conditions, the effects of changing economic and political conditions in the market domestically and internationally and on our customers; our ability to realize the expected benefits of acquisitions; our relationships with and dependence on customers and growth rates in the personal computer, consumer electronics and embedded and automotive markets and within our sales channel; changes in customer order patterns, including order cancellations or reduced bookings; the effects of tariff, import and currency regulation; potential or actual litigation; and excess or obsolete inventory and variations in inventory valuation, among others. In addition, SMSC competes in the semiconductor industry, which has historically been characterized by intense competition, rapid technological change, cyclical market patterns, price erosion and periods of mismatched supply and demand.

Our forward looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations and may not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers or divestitures. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and are based upon the information available to SMSC at this time. Such statements are subject to change, and the Company does not undertake to update such statements, except to the extent required under applicable law and regulation. These and other risks and uncertainties, including potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation, are detailed from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the SEC. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled “Other Factors That May Affect Future Operating Results” or “Risk Factors” for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

SMSC, MOST, Kleer, JukeBlox and RightTouch are registered trademarks and Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity is a trademark of Standard Microsystems Corporation.

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