Ethernet breakthrough claimed by PowerDsine

Power-over-Ethernet chip to reduce network switch PoE components by nearly 90 per cent

Power over Ethernet (PoE) company PowerDsine will start commerical shipments in January of a chip that it claims will reduce network switch PoE components by nearly 90 per cent.

A laptop PoE chip is also planned for late next year - and analysts predict a rapid increase in adoption now that the IEEE 802.3af standard is ratified.

The PD64012, developed jointly with Motorola, is the first and so far only PoE chip. It uses an application specific integrated circuit, and switches incorporating it should appear in the second half of 2004.

"PoE has been a bit cumbersome as a separate device, but most things are in place now," Butler Group senior researcher Mark Blowers told

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