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[802.3_10SPE] Comment #475, David Law



You question the reason for 10BASE-T1S to define PMD and list the following potential reason:

The second would be to enable interoperable implementation of the PMD function as a separate instantiation from the PCS, PMA and other functions. To achieve this the PMD service interface (the interface between the PMA and PMD) would be defined as a chip-to-chip compatibility interface, no mechanical connector would be specified. This would enable a 'system' (PCS, PMA, other functions) chip with a 'digital' interface to a 'driver' (PMD) chip. I assume that this is the reason for providing a PMD sublayer for the 10BASE-T1S PHY.

My understanding is that PHY integration into an MCU may result too small a common mode range for many of the target applications, because a low voltage process (small geometry) is necessary for cost effective implementation of the large amount of MCU logic. Similar non-Ethernet systems such as CAN and RS-485 implement a separate transceiver chip in a high voltage (large geometry) process to achieve adequate common mode range for more demanding environments. It would be useful to maintain a similar option for 10BASE-T1S. Note that these transceivers are very simple and can have few pins.





David D. Brandt
Senior Principal Engineer
Rockwell Automation - Advanced Technology
1201 South Second Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204-2496


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