NATIONAL Semiconductor, represented in Australia by Arrow Electronics , has released its Ethernet Made Easy online design tool.
The ethernet.national.com site is a web environment for designers developing Ethernet solutions for traditional broad market networking applications and connected devices. It leads a designer from instruction, selection, design and review to samples and purchase of evaluation platforms.
The free site provides educational basics about Ethernet connectivity and enables designers to select a component, create and validate a design, and order samples from National's MacPHYTER, DsPHYTER and GigPHYTER product lines. The tool reduces the time, effort and expense of Ethernet development and allows designers to shorten design cycles.
The online design tool contains a tutorial, product information, and online design review and application support. All elements are arranged in a step-by-step sequence which simplifies the selection and design-in process. An application can be created and the board-level design evaluated quickly, cutting design time from weeks to just a few days.
The website tutorial explains the basics for designers new to Ethernet connectivity development. Once a user selects the speed and integration level required, the best product for the specific application is presented. Online resources are provided along with the recommended product to help the designer complete their design. These resources include reference designs based on microcontroller manufacturers such as IBM, Freescale and Renesas. Other resources available include product data sheets, application notes, IBIS models, OrCAD symbols and a suite of drivers.
The design is reviewed in 48 hours by a member of National's online application support center to determine if the board-level design will be easy to manufacture.