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Embedded Ethernet ICs
    Non-PCI Gigabit Ethernet
    Non-PCI Fast Ethernet
    MII/RMII Fast Ethernet
SuperSpeed USB-to-LAN ICs
    USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet
    USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet
    USB 2.0 to Fast Ethernet
EtherCAT/Industrial Ethernet ICs
Embedded Network/USB SoCs
    Embedded Wi-Fi SoC
    Embedded Ethernet SoC
    USB KVM Switch SoC
I/O Connectivity ICs
    PCIe Bridge
    PCI Bridge
    USB Bridge
    RS-232/RS-485 Transceivers
      5V RS232 Transceiver
      3V RS232 Transceiver
      5V RS485 Transceiver
      3V RS485 Transceiver
    EL Drivers
Embedded Wireless Modules
    Embedded Wi-Fi Modules
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Connecting Industrial/Embedded Systems
ASIX is a Leading Fabless Semiconductor Company for Industrial/Embedded Networking and I/O Connectivity Solutions
There is a growing need to add network connectivity into every embedded system. According to the projection from Forrester Research, by year 2020, the global thing-to-thing Internet business and the current people-to-people Internet business would reach a ratio of 30:1. IOT will realize large-scale popularity and will be developed into a trillion-US-Dollar industry. In other words, the network connectivity of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IoT) communications will be the primary market demand for the embedded networking system for the years to come.
The Ethernet's ease of use, cost effectiveness, high bandwidth, stability, security, and high degree of compatibility make it a natural solution for accessing the Internet. In addition to SOHO and corporate networks, the Ethernet is gradually making its way into consumer and household devices as a primary way to access the Internet, thus providing both the stability and reliability demanded by industrial users and the bandwidth and multimedia connectivity demanded by home consumers.
ASIX Electronics is a leading fabless semiconductor supplier with a focus on networking, communication, and connectivity applications. ASIX was founded in May 1995 in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, and has been listed on Taiwan OTC Stock Exchange (TAIEX code 3169) since November 2009. ASIX Electronics specializes in industrial/embedded network & I/O connectivity solutions and provides embedded bridge silicon products such as non-PCI Ethernet controllers, USB-to-LAN controllers, EtherCAT/Industrial Ethernet controllers, Network SoC, I/O Connectivity and embedded wireless module.
Fig 1 ASIX Product Portfolio
ASIX Electronics has established a good track record by providing the following products, which are the world's first:
  • Non-PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller: AX88180
  • USB2.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet Controller: AX88178
  • Single-chip Microcontroller with TCP/IP, 10/100M Fast Ethernet MAC/PHY, and flash memory: AX110xx series
  • The industry's smallest single-chip embedded Ethernet MCU in an 8x8mm 80-pin TFBGA package: AX11005BF
  • Single-chip USB KVM Switch SoC: AX68002/AX68004
  • Single-chip USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Controller: AX88179
ASIX Provides Six Different Industrial/Embedded Networking and I/O Connectivitiy Solutions
ASIX Electronics provides innovative, and cost-effective products to the customers for emerging communication and networking applications. The current offerings are as follows:
• Embedded Ethernet (Non-PCI or Local Bus):
2-port Ethernet:
- Non-PCI Fast Ethernet: AX88782
- MII/RMII Fast Ethernet: AX88613
1-port Ethernet:
- Non-PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller: AX88180
- Non-PCI Fast Ethernet Controller: AX88796C, AX88796B and AX88796A
• SuperSpeed USB-to-LAN:
- USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Controller: AX88179
- USB2.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet Controller: AX88178A
- USB2.0-to-Fast Ethernet Controller: AX88772C, AX88772B, AX88772A and AX88172A
• EtherCAT/Industrial Ethernet:
- 2/3-port EtherCAT Slave Controller SoC with 2 embedded PHYs: AX58200
- 2/3-port EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC) with 2 embedded PHYs: AX58100
- Quad Port TSN Gigabit Ethernet PCIe NIC Card: AXM57104
• Embedded Network SoC:
- Single-chip Microcontroller with TCP/IP, 10/100M Fast Ethernet MAC/PHY, and flash memory: AX11001, AX11005 and AX11015
- Single Chip Microcontroller with TCP/IP and 802.11 WLAN MAC/Baseband: AX22001
- 2-Port USB KVM Switch SoC: AX68002
- 4-Port USB KVM Switch SoC: AX68004
• I/O Connectivity:
- PCIe Bridge: AX99100, MCS9900, MCS9901, MCS9904, MCS9922, MCS9990
- PCI Bridge: MCS9865
- USB Bridge: AX78140 and AX78120
RS-232/RS-485 Transceivers
5V RS232 Transceivers: 
ZT202E, ZT232E, ZT211E, ZT213AE, ZT213E and ZT213F
3V RS232 Transceivers: 
ZT3220E, ZT3221E, ZT3222E, ZT3222F, ZT3223E, ZT3232E, ZT3232F, ZT3241E, ZT3243E, ZT3243F and ZT1385E
5V RS485 Transceivers: 
ZT483E, ZT485E, ZT488E, ZT489E, ZT490E, ZT491E, ZT487E, ZT483H, ZT485H, ZT488H, ZT489H, ZT490H, ZT491H, ZT13085E and ZT3087E
3V RS485 Transceivers: 
ZT3483E, ZT3485E, ZT3488E, ZT3490E, ZT3491E, ZT3070E, ZT3072E, ZT3073E, ZT3075E, ZT3076E and ZT3078E
EL Drivers: ZSP4403, ZSP4412A, ZSP4422A, ZSP4423 and ZSP4491
• Embedded Wireless Modules:
- Embedded Wi-Fi Modules: AXM22001-2A-C
Fig 2 Embedded Networking Solution Provider
Fig 3 Embedded Bridge Solution Provider
Embedded Ethernet
This solution targets devices with micro-controller, which comes without PCI bus interface, but with a non-PCI or SRAM type interface. In this case, the highly integrated Non-PCI bus Ethernet MAC+PHY controller is used to connect these devices to Ethernet. This solution provides the easiest way to connect the embedded system to the network for the reason that majority of the micro-controller all support Non-PCI local bus interface. Engineers are able to design very-low-cost, and yet high-performance embedded systems, which offer remote access capabilities in addition to Internet connectivity. This solution is suitable for home appliances, factory/building automation, industrial equipment, security systems, remote control/monitoring/management, streaming media, and multimedia networking. In addition, for broadband applications such as POS terminals, WLAN AP, broadband routers, VoIP, content distribution, IP STB, IP cameras, digital video recorders, DVD recorders/players, high-definition TV (HDTV), digital media adapters, game consoles, home gateways, and IPTV, this solution can also be attractive and cost effective.
Fig 4 Monitor, Control, or Access Your Device over the Internet
SuperSpeed USB-to-LAN
This solution targets microcontrollers that already have a USB host interface embedded. In this case, an internal or external USB-to-LAN controller can be used to connect these devices to the Ethement
The so-called USB-to-LAN approach converts an USB 2.0/3.0 signal to the Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet interface through an USB-to-LAN controller used in the cradle or docking station for the mobile devices. Because the USB 2.0/3.0 uses a compact four/nine-pin connector, this solution reduces many of the pin-out connections between the cradle/docking station and the mobile devices. Another, more flexible way is to use an external USB-to-LAN dongle to connect the mobile devices to the network if the microcontroller within the devices has a built-in USB host interface. This will leverage the SuperSpeed and serial bus characteristic of USB 3.0, to improve the performance of the devices.
This solution is suitable for computer peripherals, handheld devices, home electronics and appliances, streaming media, broadband media, and other consumer electronics such as for Notebooks/MIDs/UMPCs/Tablet PCs, ultrabooks, USB to Ethernet dongles, cradles/port replicators/docking stations, game consoles, digital-home appliances, and any embedded system using a standard USB port.
Fig 5 ASIX is a Market Leader for providing USB-to-LAN Solution
EtherCAT/Industrial Ethernet
This solution targets on those industrial fieldbus applications need to support EtherCAT standard communications functionalities. The AX58200 is a 2/3-port EtherCAT Slave Controller SoC equipped with ARM® Cortex®-M4F core with DSP extension runs up to 192 MHz and EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC) with two integrated Fast Ethernet PHYs. AX58200 also supports additional communication interfaces such as 10/100Mbps Ethernet MAC with RMII and hardware cryptography accelerator, HS USB OTG, SPI/UART/I2C/I2S/CAN/PWM, etc.
The AX58100 is a 2/3-port EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC) with two embedded Fast Ethernet PHYs. The AX58100 also provides SPI slave and Local bus Process Data Interfaces (PDI) to provide an easy way for system designers to implement the standard EtherCAT communication functionalities on those traditional non-EtherCAT MCU and DSP industrial platforms.
AX58x00 family is interoperable with all EtherCAT systems with standard EtherCAT protocols such as CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE), File Access over EtherCAT (FoE), Vendor Specific-protocol over EtherCAT (VoE), etc. and is suitable for motor/motion control, digital I/O control, sensors data acquisition, robotics, EtherCAT IO-Link master, EtherCAT Junction slave module, etc. industrial automation fieldbus applications.
Fig 6 AX58200 EtherCAT Slave SoC Typical Applications
Fig 7 AX58100 EtherCAT Slave Controller Non-MCU Typical Applications
The AXM57104 is a 4-port TSN Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express NIC card solution for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications to enable TSN functions on industrial automation platforms, Fieldbus over TSN gateways and converge the non-real-time IT (Information Technology) network and real-time OT (Operation Technology) networks which work on different industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherCAT/PROFINET/EtherNet IP/etc.
Fig 8 AXM57104 TSN Gigabit Ethernet NIC Typical Applications
Embedded Network SoC
This solution is those micro-controllers, which already integrate both Ethernet and Wi-Fi Connectivities, the so-called single chip SoC solution. The AX110xx family is the world's first high-performance 8-bit microcontroller to deliver the 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet MAC/PHY, the TCP/IP accelerator, and the flash memory in a single chip. With this highly integrated system-on-a-chip solution, the AX110xx family provides a very small form-factor solution to enable embedded system designers to design compact, low-power, high-performance, yet low-cost, embedded and industrial Ethernet applications for the growing embedded networking markets.
Fig 9 Network MCU Connecting Directly to the Internet
The AX22001 is a single chip micro-controller with TCP/IP and 802.11 WLAN MAC/baseband. Leveraging prevalent Wi-Fi infrastructure in home and office environment, the new single-chip Wi-Fi SoC, AX22001, provides cost competitive wireless connectivity solution for bridging uncompressed digital audio data, compressed digital video data and serial/parallel user data through its versatile interfaces over the Wi-Fi network. This solution makes the devices very compact, and is suitable for home appliances, factory/building automation, industrial equipments, security systems, remote control/monitoring/management, and streaming media applications such as Wi-Fi speakers, iPhone-controlled toys, POS terminals, vending machines, IP camera, Internet radio, automatic meter reading, environmental monitoring systems, network sensors, networked UPS, Serial to Ethernet/Wi-Fi adapters, and Ethernet/Wi-Fi to ZigBee bridges, Ethernet to Wi-Fi bridges.
Fig 10 Wireless MCU Connecting Directly to the Internet
Fig 11 AX22001 Application Diagram
The AX6800x family, Single Chip Micro-controller with USB Host and Device controller, is a System-on-Chip (SoC) solution. Compared with the legacy 4-port USB KVM switch using 12 chips (including one MCU, four USB device MCUs, one USB root hub, four EEPROMs and two bus switches), the AX6800x family is a highly integrated single chip and low-cost solution ideally suitable for cable/desktop USB KVM switch, USB KVM extender, HDBase 1.0 extender, Interactive whiteboard, etc. applications. It could also provide highly programmable flexibility and compatibility. In addition, the AX6800x family supports cascade interface for 8 and 16-port USB KVM switch application.
ASIX Single Chip Solution Legacy Chipset Solution
Fig 12 AX6800x Family USB KVM Switch Single Chip SoC Solution
Fig 13 AX6800x Family USB VGA CAT5 KVM Extender SoC Solution
I/O Connectivity
In August 2011, ASIX acquired the business line of I/O connectivity, including all assets and intellectual property rights, from India-based MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd. The acquisition enhances ASIX's portfolio of embedded networking and connectivity products by adding single, multi-port Serial, Parallel, Ethernet, USB Host and ISA connectivity for various computer and peripheral equipment with PCI Express (PCIe), Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) and USB host interface.
The I/O connectivity products include three series: AX99100/MCS99xx PCIe bridge controllers, MCS98xx PCI bridge controllers and AX78140/AX78120 USB bridge controllers. For chip-to-chip or system-to-system connections, these controllers provide cost effective, standards compliant, and high-performance embedded system applications, such as remote access servers, storage network management, data acquisition systems, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, handheld devices, set-top box, digital TVs, industrial control and building automation equipment.
The PCIe bridge series, AX99100/MCS99xx, provide a single-chip, PCI Express x1 (single-lane) to a peripheral controller with support for single and multi-port Serial, Parallel, LB/ISA-Like, SPI, ISA and USB interfaces. PCIe is an interconnection system based on the PCI standard connecting a microprocessor to attached devices for high-speed operation. The electrical and mechanical interfaces of PCIe are not compatible with the PCI bus interface. This bus also provides a high-speed 2.5GBs data rate.
PCIe Connectivity Solutions
Fig 14 PCIe Connectivity Solutions
The PCI bridge series, MCS98xx, provide OEMs low cost solutions for developing products that bring single and multi-port Parallel, Serial and ISA devices to the market place. PCI is an interconnection system between a microprocessor and attached devices. The MCS98xx supports 3.3/5V PCI bus signaling specifications at full 33 MHz clock speed and allows direct interface to the system bus, delivering a significant reduction in board space requirements.
PCI Connectivity Solutions
Fig 15 PCI Connectivity Solutions
The USB bridge series, AX78140/AX78120 provides OEM customers and end users an instant, no-hassle way to connect existing devices to next generation computer peripherals. By providing bridging solutions, ASIX can incorporate support for legacy devices such as Serial and Parallel as well as advancing the next generation of USB technologies.
USB Connectivity Solutions
Fig 16 USB Connectivity Solutions
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