Microchip unveils eight-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch

Microchip, via its Microsemi subsidiary, has launched a cost-effective eight-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch which provides guaranteed power of 60W per port for all eight ports simultaneously.

Intended for digital ceiling installations, the IEEE 802.3bt-compliant PDS-408G PoE switch runs noise-free with a fanless design.

Designed for enterprise connected lighting applications, the PDS-408G connects separate systems such as lighting, sensors, HVAC and Wi-Fi access points over a single switch. The switch has eight PoE ports and offers end applications additional cost-savings from energy savings and lower operating expenses. In compliance with IEEE 802.3bt, the PDS-408G provides a total of 480W, including up to 90W for any individual port or 60W for eight ports simultaneously.

The PDS-408G is plenum rated and can be installed in any air handling space, making it suitable for digital ceiling installations. Its fanless design provides the features needed for buildings that require noise-free and reliable operation, such as offices, hospitals and hotels. The PDS-408G also provides other proven advantages of PoE, including safe power, simple installation, flexible deployment and remote power management.

The PDS-408G extends Microchip’s portfolio of end-to-end PoE solutions. Developers will be able to use the PDS-408G switch together with the company’s portfolio of 8- and 32-bit PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs) at the end node.

Microchip offers an array of easy-to-use hardware and software tools to accelerate PoE designs, including the PIC18 PoE Main Board, which features a PIC18 MCU, ATECC608A secure element and MIC28512 buck regulator.