Agere Systems (www.agere.com) has introduced reportedly the first single-chip 48-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch that can provide manufacturers a 50 percent savings in total chip count and 35 percent lower power consumption. According to Agere, the switch uses seven chips and offers two 10 Gbit/sec Ethernet ports. In addition, the new switch can reduce the printed circuit board space by about 30 percent as well as cut the system failure rate in half.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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