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 AX88796C -- Low-Power SPI or Non-PCI Ethernet Controller

The AX88796C is a SPI or non-PCI Ethernet controller with low power, low-pin-count and variable voltage I/O for the Embedded and Industrial Ethernet applications. The AX88796C supports 8/16-bit SRAM-like or Address-Data Multiplex interface with variable voltage I/O, providing a glue-less connection to common or high-end MCUs. The AX88796C also provides an alternative SPI slave interface for MCUs with SPI master for simplifying host interface connection. The AX88796C integrates on-chip Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY, which is IEEE 802.3/802.3u 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX compatible, and embedded SRAM for packet buffering to accommodate high bandwidth applications. The AX88796C offers a wide array of features including support for advanced power management, high performance data transfer on host interface, IPv4/IPv6 checksum offload engine, Auto-MDIX, and IEEE 802.3x and back-pressure flow control. The AX88796C supports two operating temperature ranges, namely, commercial grade from 0 to 70 °C and industrial grade from -40 to 85 °C. The small form factor of 64-pin LQFP package helps reduce the overall PCB space. The programming of AX88796C is simple, so the users can easily port the software drivers to many embedded systems very quickly.


  • High-performance non-PCI local bus
    • Supports 8/16-bit SRAM-like interface (US Patent Approval), easily interfaced to most common embedded MCUs; or 8/16-bit local CPU interface including MCS-51 series, Renesas series CPUs
    • Supports Slave-DMA to minimize CPU overhead and burst mode read & write access for frame reception & transmission on SRAM-like interface for high performance applications
    • Supports multi-frames burst transfer mechanism to increase bulk DMA transfer size and reduce CPU loading due to frequent interrupts for short frame reception/transmission (US Patent Pending). The patented "short frame early dispatch timer" provides programmable delay for short packet transfer latency control. Supports padding bytes insertion between frames within a multi-frame burst for double word boundary alignment
    • Supports variable voltage I/O (1.8/2.5/3.3V) and programmable driving strength (8/16mA)
    • Interrupt pin with programmable timer
  • High-performance SPI slave interface
    • Supports SPI slave interface for CPU with SPI master. The SPI slave interface supports SPI timing mode 0 and 3, up to 40MHz of SPICLK, variable voltage I/O and programmable driving strength
    • Supports Quad-SPI or Dual-SPI flash memory interface for high performance applications
    • Supports RX Buffer Ring and TX Buffer Ring structure to receive or transmit or simultaneously receive and transmit packets from/to the MAC RX/TX packet buffer in burst transfer mode. Also supports multi-frames burst transfer mechanism to increase bulk DMA transfer size and reduce CPU loading due to frequent interrupts for short frame receive/transmission (US Patent Pending)
    • Supports Two-Port SPI interface to increase bandwidth
    • Supports optional Ready signal as flow control for SPI packet RX/TX
  • Single-chip Fast Ethernet MAC/PHY controller
    • Embeds SRAM for packet buffers
    • Supports IPv4/IPv6 packet Checksum Offload Engine to reduce CPU loading, including IPv4 IP/TCP/UDP/ICMP/IGMP and IPv6 TCP/UDP/ICMPv6 checksum generation & check
    • Supports VLAN match filter
    • Integrates IEEE 802.3/802.3u standards compatible 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX (twisted pair copper mode) Fast Ethernet MAC/PHY transceiver in one single-chip
    • Supports twisted pair crossover detection and correction (Auto-MDIX)
    • Supports full duplex operation with IEEE 802.3x flow control and half duplex operation with back-pressure flow control
    • Supports auto-polling function
    • Supports 10/100Mbps N-way Auto-negotiation operation
  • Advanced Power Management features
    • Supports dynamic power management to reduce power dissipation during idle or light traffic period
    • Supports very low power Wake-On-LAN (WOL) mode when the system enters sleep mode and waits for network event to awake it up. The wakeup events supported are network link state change, receipt of a Magic Packet or a pre-programmed Microsoft Wakeup Frame or through GPIO pin
    • Supports Protocol Offload (ARP & NS) for Windows 7 Networking Power Management
    • Supports complete I/O pins isolation during WOL mode or Remote Wakeup Ready mode to reduce leakage current on non-PCI and SPI slave host interface
  • Supports three Power Saving Modes during Ethernet cable unplug configured either by software or hardware automatically
  • Supports optional EEPROM interface to store MAC address
  • Supports up to four GPIOs and two of them support Wake-On-LAN
  • Supports programmable LED pins for various network activity indications with variable voltage I/O and programmable driving strength
  • Integrates voltage regulator, 25MHz crystal oscillator and power on reset circuit on chip
  • Supports optional clock output (25, 50, or 100MHz) for system use, if 25MHz crystal is present
  • Supports alternative clock input (25MHz) from system clock to save the 25MHz crystal cost
  • 64-pin LQFP RoHS compliant package
  • Operates over 0 to +70°C or -40 to +85°C temperature range
Target Applications:
  • Netbook
  • Industrial Computer
  • Cable, Satellite and IP STB
  • IPTV, Digital Media Adapter
  • Network DVD, DVR-R, HDD
  • IP/Video Phone, VoIP ATA
  • Internet Radio
  • POS Terminal, Kiosk
  • Multi Functional Printer
  • RFID Reader
  • Time Attendance
  • RS232/422/485 to Ethernet
  • Building / Home Automation
    • HVAC Control
    • Networked Home Appliance
  • Security System
    • Biometric Access Control
    • Fingerprint Reader
    • Network Camera
    • Remote Surveillance
    • Professional DVR
    • Fire and Safety
  • Industrial Control
    • Remote Data Collection Equipment
    • Remote Monitor
    • Remote Control and Management
    • Environment Monitoring or Network Sensor
    • Automatic Meter Reading
    • Networked UPS
    • Lighting Control

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 Selection Guide


 Development Board

AX88796C SMDK2440 Demo Board  Available
 This is an AX88796C demo board for users to verify AX88796C on SMDK2440 platform with Samsung S3C2440A 32-bit CPU. Users can easily connect this demo board onto another embedded system through external memory interface

Technical Documentation

 Product Brief, Product Introduction and Datasheet

AX88796C Brief171.8 KB2014-06-11
AX88796C Datasheet 5.1 MB2014-12-09
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AX88796C Product Introduction 349.8 KB2010-03-31

 Reference Manuals and User Guides

AX88796C Software Programming Guide  
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AX88796C Reliability Report 242.5 KB2010-04-29
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AX88796C RoHS Report   
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AX88796C Hardware Throughput Test Report   
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AX88796C IEEE 802.3 Compliant Test Reports   
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Hardware Design Documentation

 Reference Schematics

AX88796C SMDK2440 Demo Board Reference Schematic 149.9 KBv1.002010-03-18

 Bill of Materials, Application Notes and Layout Guides

AX88796C SMDK2440 Demo Board BOM File 46.4 KB2010-03-17
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AX88796C Embedded Ethernet Controller Application Design Guide 387.1 KBv1.012010-03-18
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 PCB Layout, Gerber and IBIS Model

AX88796C SMDK2440 Demo Board Gerber Files 950.8 KB2010-02-03
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AX88796C SMDK2440 Demo Board PCB Layout File 172.1 KB2010-02-03
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AX88796C IBIS Model 155.1 KB2010-04-02
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Driver TypeRevision Release DateDescriptionFile Size
32-bit ARM IAR lwIP TCP/IP Port Source for SPI Interface For Energy Micro EFM32 32-bit ARM + AX88796C SPI reference design 
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8051 Keil uIP TCP/IP Stack Port source for SRAM-like Interface v1.0.02010-04-27 94.2 KB
Linux Kernel 3.x/2.6.x Driver Source for SRAM-like Interface v1.7.02016-10-20 27.8 KB
Linux Kernel 4.x/3.x/2.6.x Driver Source for SPI Interface v1.4.02018-07-25 20.7 KB
uboot driver source for SPI interface v1.0.02011-04-11 7.9 KB
uboot driver source for SRAM-like interface v1.2.02010-12-24 9.3 KB
Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.2.02011-11-17 For Renesas US7750R HARP(Aspen) SH4 platform749.3 KB
Windows CE 6.0 Driver Source for SRAM-like Interface  
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver Source for SPI Interface  
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Windows CE 5.0/Mobile 5/Mobile 6 Driver Source for SRAM-like Interface  
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Windows CE 5.0/Mobile 5/Mobile 6 Driver Source for SPI Interface  
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Q0001: Where can I obtain the latest AX88796C datasheet, reference schematic and other hardware design archives?
A0001: Please register MyASIX membership ( and then download the latest AX88796C datasheet, reference schematic, gerber/PCB layout files and application design note from AX88796C Product web page (;65;86&PLine=65) directly.

Q0002: How to open the gerber files of AX88796C demo board?
A0002: You can open the gerber files of AX88796C demo board by running ORACLE's AutoVue Evaluation Revision tool (30 days evaluation date). Please visit ORACLE's web site ( for more details.

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