The device, which has been designed specifically for digital ceiling installations, is said to be compatible with any IEEE 802.3af or 802.3at PoE lighting fixture and can be installed in ceiling or communication room racks.
The PDS-208G PoE switch was successfully installed in multiple beta sites in 2017 and Microsemi believes it to be well-suited to a number of applications within the LED lighting and enterprise markets.
According to Microsemi, the 240-watt (W) fanless switch supports full-power mode by providing 30W for 8 ports simultaneously and any individual port can operate at up to 72W. The device can also apparently keep PoE ports active while the software upgrades.
The device’s eight 10/100/1,000 megabits per second ports with PoE capabilities are based on Microsemi’s four-pair PoE technology. The company has said this provides a 50% power loss saving on the Ethernet cables when compared to similar installations using an Ethernet switch.
The PDS-208G PoE switch is also said to offer Layer 2 management capabilities. It features two Gigabit ports which can be used for uplinks and remotely managed through Simple Network Management Protocol and the web.