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Connecting Ethernet device to PLC chipset

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Ngroups.NET, May 4, 2007.

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    Hello all,

    I have developed an Ethernet solution and I am hoping to be able to connect
    it to a HomePlug chipset. The device that I am looking at is the INT5200
    from intellon (http://www.intellon.com/products/homeplug/int5200.php). The
    product brief states that it contains the following connections;

    A USB1.1 device interface for connection to a USB host
    An MII PHY (IEEE 802.3u) / GPSI interface for interconnection to
    microcontrollers or Ethernet controllers
    An MII Host / DTE interface (IEEE 802.3u) for direct connection to an
    Ethernet PHY

    USB is obvious, an MII Host / DTE interface is also clearly an MII
    connection, and GPSI is a serial communication channel between it and a
    microcontroller.

    I am unclear, however, on the meaning of An MII PHY in this context. Is this
    intended for connecting Ethernet controllers directly on the differential
    i/o?? If anyone could clarify this for me then this is highly appreciated.

    Best Regards,
    Nick Palmius
     
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