AX88178A

USB2.0 to 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet Controller

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Overview

AX88178A can be used in any embedded system with a USB host microcontroller requiring a twisted pair physical network connection.

Features

● Single chip USB 2.0 to 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet controller with Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) base on digital signal processing (DSP) technology with low dissipation
● USB Device Controller
-- Integrates on-chip USB 2.0 PHY and controller compliant to USB Spec 2.0 and 1.1
-- Supports USB High/Full Speed modes with Bus-power or Self-power device auto-detect capability
-- High performance packet transfer rate over USB bus using proprietary burst transfer mechanism (US Patent Approval)
● Gigabit Ethernet Controller
-- Supports IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet)
-- IEEE 802.3, 802.3u and 802.3ab compatible
-- Integrates 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet MAC/PHY
-- Supports dynamic cable length detection and dynamic power adjustment Green Ethernet (Gigabit mode only)
-- Supports parallel detection and automatic polarity correction
-- Supports crossover detection and auto- correction
-- Supports IPv4/IPv6 packet Checksum Offload Engine (COE) to reduce CPU loading, including IPv4 IP/TCP/UDP/ICMP/IGMP & IPv6 TCP/UDP/ICMPv6 checksum check & generation
-- Supports TCP Large Send Offload V1
-- Supports full duplex operation with IEEE 802.3x flow control and half duplex operation with back-pressure flow control
-- Supports IEEE 802.1P Layer 2 Priority Encoding and Decoding
-- Supports IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging and 2 VLAN ID filtering; received VLAN Tag (4 bytes) can be stripped off or preserved
-- Supports Jumbo frame up to 4KB
-- PHY loop-back diagnostic capability
● Support Wake-on-LAN Function
-- Supports suspend mode and remote wakeup via link-change, Magic Packet, Microsoft Wakeup Frame and external wakeup pin
-- Supports Bonjour wake-on-demand
● Advanced Power Management Features
-- Supports power management offload (ARP & NS)
-- Supports dynamic power management to reduce power dissipation during idle or light traffic
-- Supports AutoDetach power saving-Soft-disconnected from USB host when Ethernet cable is unplugged
-- Supports advanced link down power saving when Ethernet cable is unplugged
● Supports optional serial EEPROM (93c56/66) for storing USB Descriptors, Node-ID, etc.
● Supports embedded eFuse (64-byte) to store USB Device Descriptors, Node-ID, etc to save external EEPROM
● Supports automatic loading of USB Device Descriptors, Node-ID, etc. from embedded eFuse or external EEPROM after power-on initialization
● Single 25MHz clock input from either crystal or oscillator source
● Integrates on-chip power-on reset circuit
● Integrates pipelined RISC (System on a Chip, SoC) for handling protocol and control functions
● 68-pin QFN 8mm x 8mm RoHS/REACH compliant package
● Operating over 0°C to 70°C temperature range

Diagram

Development Board

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AX88178A Demo Board

This is an AX88178A USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet dongle adapter for users to verify AX88178A function on any platform that supports USB 2.0 host interface

Note: The AX88179 is pin-to-pin and drivers compatible to AX88178A, so you can purchase "AX88179 Demo Board" instead.

FAQs

Driver Installation

  • Where can I obtain the latest AX88178A drivers?

    Please visit the AX88178A Driver Download web page for details.

  • Are AX88178A Windows drivers qualified by the WHCK/WHQL compliant certification?

    Yes, the AX88178A Windows 10/8.x/7 32-bit/64-bit drivers were qualified by Microsoft WHCK certification and the AX88178A Windows XP/Vista 32-bit/64-bit drivers were qualified by Microsoft WHQL certification.

  • Why don't ASIX's AX88178A standard drivers work with my AX88178A device?

    All ASIX's AX88178A standard drivers are qualified with ASIX's AX88178A demo board with AX88178A default Vendor ID (0B95h) and Product ID (178Ah). Some of AX88178A manufacturers have their own Vendor ID and Product ID on their AX88178A applications. In this case, ASIX's AX88178A standard drivers will not work with your AX88178A device. Please contact the technical support of your AX88178A device manufacturer to obtain a proper driver.

  • Which AX88178A Windows driver (32-bit or 64-bit) should I download for my Windows system?

    You can easily download the AX88178A Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista or XP 32-bit/64-bit WHCK/WHQL drivers setup programs from AX88178A Driver Download web page and then run the setup program to install a proper AX88178A Windows driver on your Windows machine directly.

  • How can I install AX88178A Linux driver on my Android tablet PC?

    No, it could not be done by end users. To install AX88178A Linux driver on your Android tablet PC, you have to recompile AX88178A Linux driver source on your target Android tablet platform and then you can install the compiled AX88178A Linux driver on your Android platform. It can only be done by the manufacturer of your Android tablet PC. Please contact the support guys of your Android platform manufacturer for further support if necessary.

  • How to capture the VLAN tagged packets on Windows WireShark tool?

    Please set the "Packet Priority & VLAN" parameter of ASIX USB to LAN Windows drivers to "Packet Priority & VLAN Disable" to capture the VLAN tagged packets on WireShark.

  • Does AX88178A support Windows Surface RT 8.0/8.1 driver?

    No, AX88178A doesn’t support Windows Surface RT 8.0/8.1 driver.

  • How to isolate AX88178A macOS driver cannot work fine issue after upgrading to new macOS system?

    Please try to un-install the existing installed AX88178A driver firstly and then re-install the latest AX88178A macOS driver to improve this kind of issue.

    For macOS 10.13 or above systems, please double check if you have set the "Allow apps downloaded from" option on the ”Security & Privacy” console to "App Store and identifier developers" to allow loading the newly-installed third-party kernel extensions (KEXTs).

Design Considerations

  • Where can I obtain the latest AX88178A datasheet, reference schematic and other hardware design archives?

    Please register MyASIX membership and then download the latest AX88178A datasheet, reference schematic, gerber/PCB layout files and application design note from AX88178A Product web page directly.

  • How to open the gerber files of AX88178A demo board?

    You can open the gerber files of AX88178A demo board by running ORACLE's AutoVue Evaluation Revision tool (30 days evaluation date). Please visit ORACLE's web site for more details.

  • How to open the PowerPCB PCB layout file of AX88178A demo board?

    You can open the PowerPCB PCB layout file of AX88178A demo board by running Mentor Graphics PADS Layout Product Evaluation Software (No time limitation but with limited function). Please visit Mentor Graphics' web site for more details.

  • Can ASIX help me to review my own AX88178A schematic and PCB layout?

    Yes, please deliver your own AX88178A schematic and PCB layout files to ASIX's Support (support@asix.com.tw) for further review before making your own AX88178A PCB board.

  • Do I need to develop AX88178A drivers by myself?

    No, the AX88178A already supports available device drivers for most of operating systems such as Windows 10/8.x/7/Vista/XP, Linux, Mac OSX, WinCE/Mobile, etc. Please visit AX88178A Driver Download web page for details. For some special OS supporting requirements, please contact ASIX's sales (sales@asix.com.tw) for further support.

  • What is the specification of 25MHz reference crystal of AX88178A demo board?

    The 25MHz crystal signals of AX88178A board should be winthin 25MHz +- 30ppm. Please refer to AX88178A USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Application Design Note for details.

  • What is the reference Gigabit Ethernet transformer of the AX88178A demo board?

    The reference Ethernet transformer on the AX88178A demo board is the Bothhand LA1S109-43 (Turns Ratio 1CT:1CT, Auto-MDIX) single RJ-45 connector integrated 10/100/1000M Base-T magnetic. Please refer to AX88178A USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Application Design Note for details.

  • What kind of EEPROM is supported by AX88178A?

    The AX88178A supports 3.3V to 5V 16-bit mode 93C56/93C66 serial EEPROM. Please refer to AX88178A USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Application Design Note for details.

  • Can I eliminate the EEPROM on AX88178A applications?

    The AX88178A supports a 64-byte eFuse that is a one-time programming ROM for an alternate solution to store the required hardware configuration data in production. We strongly suggest customers to reserve the EEPROM location on AX88178A PCB board for flexible designs even if you plan to use the AX88178A eFuse for hardware configuration. Please refer to AX88178A EEPROM User Guide for details.

  • How do I program the AX88178A EEPROM or eFuse?

    AX88178A supports some default settings inside chip hardware to enable it to communicate with USB host controller during enumeration when the AX88178A EEPROM is blank (prior to being programmed). The default settings inside chip facilitate users to update the EEPROM contents through a Windows PC during R&D validation process or program a blank EEPROM or eFuse during manufacturing process.

    ASIX Electronics provides Windows/Linux SROM programming tools for users to easily program AX88178A EEPROM or eFuse on a typical Windows/Linux platforms. These AX88178A SROM programming tools support to customize the MAC address, Serial Number, Vendor ID and Product ID, etc. for AX88178A based application systems in mass production.

    Alternatively, users can pre-program the blank EEPROM on a 3rd Party Universal Programmer before soldering the EEPROM onto the AX88178A application device. You MUST assign a unique MAC address in the EEPROM for every AX88178A device.

    Please refer to AX88178A EEPROM User Guide for more detailed EEPROM/eFuse design notes.

  • Do we need to register our own VID/PID for our AX88178A based application systems or can we use the ASIX's VID/PID?

    The answers to above questions really depend on user's product applications and target market, which can be different on individual cases. Below gives customers some general guidelines about whether one can use ASIX's VID/PID or one should better register its own one with USB-IF.

    1.Case where it is OK to use ASIX Electronics's VID (0B95h) and PID (178Ah): You may be able to use ASIX Electronics' VID and PID when your AX88178A based application system can simply work with AX88178A standard drivers provided by ASIX without any modification and you don't have any concern from business and product marketing perspective to use the same VID and PID on your products as ASIX's other customers who are also using ASIX's VID and PID. ASIX Electronics would like to request customers to inform ASIX sales staffs by sending us email at sales@asix.com.tw beforehand if you would like to use ASIX Electronics VID and PID for your products.

    In other words, if your AX88178A based application system requires you to modify AX88178A driver on your own or by ASIX support team, you might have to register your own VID and PID. This can avoid your end customers from going to ASIX web site to download the AX88178A standard drivers which may not be suitable to work with the specific AX88178A based application system.

    2.Cases requiring you to use your own VID and PID

    (1) Your AX88178A based application systems can't work directly with AX88178A standard drivers which ASIX Electronics release on its web site and your target application system (such as USB dongle or docking station) may allow your end customers to update the standalone AX88178A driver by themselves after sales. In that case, you MUST assign your own unique VID and PID for your AX88178A based devices.

    (2) For brand name products, you probably don't want your AX88178A based devices to become compatible with other company's AX88178A based devices. In this case, you should consider assigning your own unique VID and PID for your AX88178A based devices.

    You can register your own VID from USB Implementers Forum, Inc. and define the PID based on your company rules.

  • How do I register a Vendor ID from USB-IF?

    If you are a new USB product developer looking to get a Vendor ID for your company, you can register a Vendor ID from USB Implementers Forum, Inc. Please visit the USB-IF web site for details.

  • Do I have to assign a unique MAC address to every AX88178A based devices?

    Yes, every Ethernet device must have a unique MAC address. Users should always assign a unique MAC address in the AX88178A EEPROM for every AX88178A based devices.

  • How do I register a MAC/Ethernet address from IEEE-SA?

    You must first have an OUI or an IAB, to which you then append 24 or 12 bits respectively, in a way that makes the resulting 48-bit number unique, i.e., your 24 or 12 bits must be unique within your organization, which will require coordination among all the users of your organization's OUI or IAB. Please visit the IEEE-SA web site for details.

  • Do I have to assign a unique serial number to every AX88178A based device?

    No, it depends on the real requirement of your AX88178A target application. If users need to install more than one AX88178A based devices on your target application, you should assign a different serial number in the EEPROM for every AX88178A device.

    If your target application always uses one AX88178A device, you can consider assigning the same serial number in the EEPROM for every AX88178A device for easy maintenance in mass production, especially if you plan to use a Windows PC to test AX88178A based devices repeatedly during mass production test.

  • Did the AX88178A pass the USB-IF compliant certification?

    Yes, AX88178A demo board was certified by USB-IF.

Download

Technical Documentation

Product Brief, Product Introduction and Datasheet

AX88178A Product Brief

Release Date
2015-01-16

File Size
311.2 KB

AX88178A Product Introduction

Version
1.01

Release Date
2013-07-19

File Size
661.6 KB

AX88178A Datasheet

Version
1.31

Release Date
2016-04-11

File Size
1.2 MB

Reference Manuals and User Guides

AX88178A EEPROM/Manufacture User Guide

AX88179/AX88178A macOS Driver Quick Installation Guide

Version
1.00

Release Date
2020-06-15

File Size
1.8 MB

Reports

AX88178A Reliability Report

AX88178A RoHS Report

AX88178A Performance Test Report

AX88178A USB-IF Compliance Test Report

AX88178A IEEE 802.3 Compliance Test Reports

Hardware Design Documentation

Reference Schematics

AX88178A Reference Schematic

Version
1.16

Release Date
2016-11-01

File Size
174.1 KB

AX88178A USB Type C Plug Connector Reference Schematic

Version
1.00

Release Date
2015-12-31

File Size
176.0 KB

Bill of Materials, Application Notes and Layout Guides

AX88178A Demo Board BOM File

Release Date
2013-10-01

File Size
190.2 KB

AX88178A USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Applications Design Note

Version
1.23

Release Date
2016-11-01

File Size
1.1 MB

PCB Layout, Gerber and IBIS Model

AX88178A Demo Board PCB Layout Files

Release Date
2012-06-27

File Size
219.4 KB

AX88178A Demo Board Gerber Files

Release Date
2012-06-27

File Size
417.9 KB

AX88178A IBIS Model

Release Date
2017-06-22

File Size
360.0 KB

Software & Tools

Drivers

Apple macOS 10.9 to 10.15 Drivers Installer

For Apple 32-bit/64-bit platforms

Version
2.18.0

Release Date
2020-08-04

File Size
3.0 MB

Linux kernel 5.x/4.x/3.x/2.6.x Driver

For all Android systems, Linux kernel 2.6.14 and later

Version
1.20.0

Release Date
2020-04-27

File Size
16.0 KB

Windows 10 32-bit Driver

For x86 CPU platform, HLK/WHCK certified

Version
1.20.7.0

Release Date
2020-06-12

File Size
53.9 KB

Windows 10 64-bit Driver

For x64 CPU platform, HLK/WHCK certified

Version
1.20.7.0

Release Date
2020-06-12

File Size
60.6 KB

Windows 10 32-bit/64-bit HLK/WHCK drivers setup program

For x86/x64 CPU platform HLK/WHCK certified

Version
1.0.7.0

Release Date
2020-06-18

File Size
8.8 MB

Windows 8.x 32-bit Driver

For x86 CPU platform, HLK/WHCK certified

Version
1.18.5.0

Release Date
2019-04-11

File Size
53.3 KB

Windows 8.x 64-bit Driver

For x64 CPU platform, HLK/WHCK certified

Version
1.18.5.0

Release Date
2019-04-11

File Size
60.1 KB

Windows 8.x 32-bit/64-bit HLK/WHCK drivers setup program

For x86/x64 CPU platform HLK/WHCK certified

Version
1.0.4.0

Release Date
2019-04-29

File Size
8.8 MB

Windows 7 32-bit Driver

For x86 CPU platform WHCK certified

Version
1.12.11.0

Release Date
2018-01-19

File Size
42.9 KB

Windows 7 64-bit Driver

For x64 CPU platform, WHCK certified

Version
1.14.11.0

Release Date
2018-01-19

File Size
47.7 KB

Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit HLK/WHCK drivers setup program

For x86/x64 CPU platform HLK/WHCK certified

Version
3.0.6.0

Release Date
2018-02-09

File Size
8.9 MB

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Driver

For ARMv7 platform

Version
1.6.0.0

Release Date
2017-04-07

File Size
664.5 KB

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Driver

For CEPC x86 platform

Version
1.6.0.0

Release Date
2017-04-04

File Size
664.5 KB

Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver

For ARMv7 platform

Version
1.4.1.0

Release Date
2013-10-25

File Size
522.0 KB

Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver

For ARMv6 platform

Version
1.4.1.0

Release Date
2013-10-25

File Size
522.2 KB

Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver

For ARMv5 platform

Version
1.4.1.0

Release Date
2013-10-25

File Size
522.2 KB

Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver

For CEPC x86 platform

Version
1.4.1.0

Release Date
2013-10-25

File Size
519.1 KB

Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver

For MIPS-II platform

Version
1.4.1.0

Release Date
2013-10-25

File Size
526.7 KB

Windows CE 6.0 Driver

For Intel PXA27x ARM platform

Version
1.2.0.0

Release Date
2013-07-31

File Size
534.0 KB

Windows CE 6.0 Driver

For CEPC x86 platform

Version
1.2.0.0

Release Date
2013-07-31

File Size
531.1 KB

Windows CE 6.0 Driver

For NEC VR5500 MIPS-II platform

Version
1.2.0.0

Release Date
2013-07-31

File Size
538.9 KB

Windows CE 6.0 Driver

For NEC VR5500 MIPS-IV platform

Version
1.2.0.0

Release Date
2013-07-31

File Size
539.5 KB

Windows CE 6.0 Driver

For Renesas US7750R HARP(Aspen) SH4 platform

Version
1.2.0.0

Release Date
2013-07-31

File Size
535.3 KB

Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver

For MainStone II Intel PXA27X platform

Version
1.0.0.0

Release Date
2014-04-16

File Size
674.1 KB

Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver

For SMDK2410 ARM platform

Version
1.0.0.0

Release Date
2014-04-16

File Size
674.2 KB

Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver

For CEPC x86 platform

Version
1.0.0.0

Release Date
2014-04-16

File Size
662.1 KB

Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver

For NEC VR5500 MIPS-II platform

Version
1.0.0.0

Release Date
2014-04-16

File Size
685.6 KB

Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver

For NEC VR5500 MIPS-IV platform

Version
1.0.0.0

Release Date
2014-04-16

File Size
687.9 KB

Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver

For Renesas US7750R HARP(Aspen) SH4 platform

Version
1.0.0.0

Release Date
2014-04-16

File Size
676.0 KB

UEFI X64/IA32 Drivers

For UEFI X64/IA32 platforms

Version
2.9.0

Release Date
2019-09-02

File Size
23.9 KB

UEFI ARM/AARCH64 Drivers

For UEFI ARM/AARCH64 platforms

Version
2.8.0

Release Date
2018-11-16

File Size
24.0 KB

Utilities

Windows SROM Programming Tool

Please contact ASIX Sales to get zip password

Version
1.0.23.0

Release Date
2020-05-07

File Size
1.6 MB

Windows Production Test Tool

Please contact ASIX Sales to get zip password

Version
1.9.0

Release Date
2019-04-24

File Size
1.6 MB

Linux SROM Programming Tool