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 AX88178 -- USB2.0 to 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet Controller with GMII Interface

The AX88178 USB to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet/HomePNA/HomePlug controller is a high performance and highly integrated ASIC with embedded 40KB SRAM for packet buffering. It enables low cost and affordable Gigabit Ethernet network connection to desktop, notebook PC, and embedded system using popular USB ports. It has an USB interface to communicate with USB host controller and is compliant with USB specification V1.0, V1.1 and V2.0. It implements 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet LAN function based on IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab standards or HomePNA standard. It supports media-independent interface (MII) to simplify the design on implementing Fast Ethernet and HomePNA functions. It also provides gigabit media-independent (GMII) and reduced gigabit media-independent (RGMII) interface for interfacing with Gigabit Ethernet PHY.
Feature:
  • Single chip USB to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet and HomePNA and HomePlug Network Controller.
  • USB specification 1.0 and 1.1 and 2.0 compliant.
  • Supports USB Full and High Speed modes with Bus power capability.
  • Supports 4 endpoints on USB interface.
  • High performance packet transfer rate over USB bus using proprietary burst transfer mechanism (US Patent Approval).
  • IEEE 802.3, 802.3u and 802.3ab (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T) compatible.
  • Embedded 20KB SRAM for RX packet buffering and 20KB SRAM for TX packet buffering.
  • Supports both full-duplex and half-duplex operation on Fast Ethernet.
  • Provide MII/GMII/RGMII interfaces for Ethernet PHY interface and MII interface for HomePNA/HomePlug PHY interface.
  • Supports Jumbo packet of up to 9KB.
  • Supports suspend mode and remote wakeup via link-up, magic packet, or external pin.
  • Optional PHY power down during suspend mode.
  • Supports 256/512 bytes (93c56/93c66) of serial EEPROM (for storing USB Descriptors).
  • Supports automatic loading of Ethernet ID, USB Descriptors and Adapter Configuration from EEPROM after power-on initialization.
  • External PHY loop-back diagnostic capability.
  • Integrates on-chip 3.3V to 2.5V voltage regulator and requires only single power supply: 3.3V.
  • Small form factor with 128-pin LQFP package.
  • 12MHz clock input from either crystal or oscillator source

 Development Board

AX88178 + RTL8251CN Gigabit PHY Demo Board  Available
 This is an AX88178 USB dongle adapter for users to verify AX88178 function on any platform that supports USB interface

Technical Documentation

 Product Brief, Product Introduction and Datasheet

AX88178 Datasheet 342.5 KBv1.032008-06-06
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 Reference Manuals and User Guides

AX88178 EEPROM/Manufacture User Guide  
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 Reports

AX88178 Reliability Report 76.5 KB2006-03-27
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AX88178 RoHS Report 40.6 KB2005-04-29
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AX88178 Performance Test Report   
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Hardware Design Documentation

 Reference Schematics

AX88178 with Realtek RTL8251CN GigaPHY Demo Board Reference Schematic (RGMII interface) 171.1 KBv1.002010-05-18
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AX88178 with VSC8211 GigaPHY Reference Schematic (RGMII interface) 640.7 KBv1.122009-05-18
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AX88178 with Realtek RTL8211CL/RTL8251CL GigaPHY Reference Schematic (RGMII interface) 259.5 KBv1.002009-08-11
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AX88178 with Vitesse VSC8601 GigaPHY Reference Schematic (RGMII interface) 235.6 KBv1.002010-01-11
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AX88178 with Marvel M88E1111 GigaPHY Demo Board Reference Schematic(GMII interface) 258.2 KBv2.132010-08-30
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 Bill of Materials, Application Notes and Layout Guides

AX88178 + Marvell 88E1111 Demo Board BOM File 17.7 KB2008-08-18
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AX88178 + Realtek RTL8251CN Demo Board BOM File 125.5 KB2010-04-08
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AX88178 USB-to-Gigabit Application Design Note 1.2 MBv1.032010-05-11
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 PCB Layout, Gerber and IBIS Model

1. You can open the gerber files by running ORACLE's AutoVue Evaluation Revision tool (30 days evaluation date). Please visit ORACLE's web site (http://www.oracle.com/) for more details.
2. You can open the PowerPCB PCB layout file by running Mentor Graphics PADS Layout Product Evaluation Software (No time limitation but with limited function). Please visit Mentor Graphics' web site (http://www.mentor.com/) for more details.
AX88178 + Marvell 88E1111 Demo Board PCB Layout File (PowerPCB) 252.6 KB2008-03-28
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AX88178 + Realtek RTL8251CN Demo Board PCB Layout File (PowerPCB) 204.9 KB2010-04-08
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AX88178 + Marvell 88E1111 Demo Board Gerber Files 357.2 KB2007-09-04
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AX88178 + Realtek RTL8251CN Demo Board Gerber Files 1.2 MB2010-04-08
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AX88178 IBIS Model 71.9 KB2008-06-17
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 Utilities

Windows SROM Programming Tool   
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Linux SROM Programming Tool   
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WinCE SROM Programming Tool   
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 Drivers

All these AX88178 drivers are qualified with ASIX AX88178 demo board. If these drivers could not work with your AX88178 device, Please contact ASIX via email support@asix.com.tw for more details.
Driver TypeRevision Release DateDescriptionFile Size
Apple Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.9 Drivers Installer V2.0.02014-02-20 For Apple x86/Power PC, 32-bit/64-bit platform1003.3 KB
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Linux kernel 3.x/2.6.x Driver v4.12.02014-02-26 For Android 1.x/2.x/3.x/4.x, Linux kernel 2.6.14 and later29.8 KB
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Linux 2.6.9 v1.2.22007-09-21 For Linux kernel 2.6.9 ~ 2.6.13 38.6 KB
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Windows 7/8.x 32-bit Driver v1.12.6.02013-07-12 For 32-bit x86 CPU platform WHCK certified1.4 MB
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Windows 7/8.x 64-bit Driver v1.14.6.02013-07-12 For 64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHCK certified1.6 MB
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Windows 7/8.x 32-bit/64-bit Drivers Setup Program v2.0.2.02013-07-24 For 32-bit/64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHCK certified11.7 MB
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Windows Vista 32-bit Driver v1.8.3.142010-11-24 For 32-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified1 MB
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Windows Vista 64-bit Driver v1.10.3.142010-11-24 For 64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified1.4 MB
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Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit Drivers Setup Program v1.0.1.02011-03-03 For 32-bit/64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified11.1 MB
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Windows XP/2K 32-bit Driver v1.4.3.642010-11-24 For 32-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified27.4 KB
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Windows XP/2003 64-bit Driver v1.6.3.642010-11-24 For 64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified34.2 KB
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Windows XP 32-bit/64-bit Drivers Setup Program v1.0.1.02011-03-03 For 32-bit/64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified8.7 MB
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Windows ME/98SE v1.0.3.462005-11-30 13.6 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.3.02011-05-05 For Intel PXA27x ARM platform513.7 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.3.02011-05-05 For CEPC x86 platform508 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.3.02011-05-05 For NEC VR5500 MIPS-II platform515.5 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.3.02011-05-05 For NEC VR5500 MIPS-IV platform515.9 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.3.02011-05-05 For Renesas US7750R HARP(Aspen) SH4 platform513.1 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.3.02011-05-04 For MainStone II Intel PXA27X platform501.4 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.3.02011-05-04 For SMDK2410 ARM platform501.4 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.3.02011-05-04 For CEPC x86 platform491.2 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.3.02011-05-04 For AU1200 MIPS-II platform512.6 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.3.02011-05-04 For NEC VR5500 MIPS-IV platform513.7 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.3.02011-05-04 For Renesas US7750R HARP(Aspen) SH4 platform502.6 KB
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 FAQs

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Q0001: Where can I obtain the latest AX88178 drivers?
A0001: Please visit the AX88178 Driver Download web page (http://www.asix.com.tw/download.php?sub=driverdetail&PItemID=84) for details.

Q0002: Why don't ASIX's AX88178 drivers work with my AX88178 device?
A0002: All ASIX's AX88178 drivers are qualified with ASIX AX88178 demo board with the ASIX's default Vendor ID (0B95h) and Product ID (1780h). Some of the AX88178 manufacturers have their own Vendor ID and Product ID. In this case, ASIX's AX88178 drivers will not work with your AX88178 device. Please contact the technical support of your device manufacturer to obtain their driver.


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