Microsemi Corporation announced the availability of its PDS-EM-8100 Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) 2.5 Gbps Multiplexer. As the first device of its kind, the unique offering enables installations of new 802.11ac access points with 2.5 Gbps rates without the need to replace the Ethernet switch with a 2.5G NBASE-T interface.
Microsemi’s new PDS-EM-8100 PoE 2.5 Gbps Multiplexer converts two ports of 1G into a single port with a 2.5G NBASE-T NBASE-T interface and 30 watts (W) IEEE802.3at PoE. The device enables faster adoption of 802.11ac 2.5G by offering a compact, cost-effective and pre-configured solution for 2.5 Gbps product installations such as WLAN access points, small cells and other Internet Protocol (IP) terminal installations.
According to market research firm Dell’Oro Group’s April 2016 report titled, “Ethernet Alliance Analyst Hour,” there will be approximately 20 million 802.11ac Wave 2 access points in 2018, which will require 2.5G and 5G Ethernet technology. Microsemi’s PDS-EM-8100 PoE 2.5 Gbps Multiplexer caters to this growing demand for 802.11ac Wave 2 and 2.5G, offering a simple, fast installation that can deliver up to 30 W of PoE.
As an ideal alternative to using high-end expensive PoE switches, Microsemi’s new device caters to the specific needs of the communications market and more specifically, for Wi-Fi 802.11ac technology. It is suitable for fast-growing applications such as enterprise IT, with plug and play/zero configuration needed, and the ability to perform remote software upgrades.
Microsemi’s PDS-EM-8100 PoE 2.5 Gbps Multiplexer is available now for $399.