Machine Manufacturing

Innovasic Semiconductor and Micrel to Partner

July 8, 2010

The collaboration will couple Innovasic’s fido1100 communications controller with Micrel’s KSZ8873 three-port Ethernet switch to provide low-cost EtherNet/IP and Profinet connectivity.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, & SAN JOSE, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Innovasic Semiconductor and Micrel Inc. are pleased to announce their collaboration on a new reference platform for Industrial Ethernet connectivity. The new RapID Industrial Ethernet Platform uses the Innovasic fido1100 communications controller with the new Micrel KSZ8873 Ethernet switch. The intent is to provide industrial equipment OEMs with a connectivity solution that can be configured in star, line, or ring topologies. The solution includes all necessary schematics and software, including full-featured, royalty-free stacks for TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, and Profinet. The types of factory automation applications supported by Innovasic's Industrial Ethernet solution include distributed I/O, PLC, PAC, gateways, proxies, field devices, and networked sensors and actuators.

"This collaboration allows our customers to enjoy the lowest cost and fastest time to market when designing real-time Industrial Ethernet connectivity into their products," said Keith Prettyjohns, CEO of Innovasic Semiconductor. "The unique real-time architecture of the fido1100 chip, in conjunction with the power efficiency and small footprint of the KSZ8873, delivers a full-performance solution that can be rapidly designed into new products," he concluded.

"We are very pleased that this partnership offers customers a complete and easy-to-use solution for switched Industrial Ethernet connectivity," said Wiren Perera, Micrel's Drector of Ethernet Products. "It is a natural extension for Micrel's high-reliability, extended-temperature, and low-emissions networking portfolio for the industrial and automotive segments."

The Innovasic fido1100 and the Micrel KSZ8873 are both in volume production. For more information on the RapID Platform Industrial Ethernet Connectivity solution, please contact Innovasic at or visit Innovasic's Web site. For more information on Micrel's Networking products, please visit the company's Web site.

About Innovasic Semiconductor
Innovasic Semiconductor provides extended-life semiconductor solutions for customers who have products with long life cycles. The company's processors, communication controllers, and mixed-signal devices are key components in industrial automation equipment, transportation systems, instrumentation, and medical devices. Innovasic's newest system-on-a-chip solutions enable customers to quickly integrate real-time Industrial Ethernet into their product lines at the lowest cost and with obsolescence protection. Extending the life of its customers' products has established Innovasic as a trusted partner and an approved supplier to leading electronic system manufacturers worldwide.

About Micrel
Micrel Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, wireless, Ethernet, and high-bandwidth markets. The company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog, and power semiconductors; high-performance communication; clock management; Ethernet switch, and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Jose, CA, with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide.

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