Tyco Electronics a leader in the worldwide RJ-45 connector market, and PowerDsine Ltd. (Farmingdale, NY), a leading provider of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology, announced the delivery of its first RJ-45 connector with built in PoE technology. Until now PoE functionality – the ability to deliver power together with data and voice over a standard Ethernet cable – was typically provided as an ASIC, an integrated module or as a mid-span device. This latest innovation enables the PoE functionality to be embedded within the RJ-45 connector, reducing the cost, footprint and design-cycle time associated with integrating PoE into Ethernet switches.
Tyco's RJ-45 connector, enhanced by PowerDsine's advanced PoE technology, is expected to reduce the number of components and assembly cost for manufacturers who are designing next-generation, Ethernet switches with IEEE 802.3af-compliant PoE functionality. Furthermore, an integrated PoE RJ-45 connector will be critical for vendors who are designing complex Gigabit Ethernet switches that have very little room on the printed circuit board for additional electronic circuitry.
Tyco Electronics has currently begun to deliver samples of the 2 x 6 PoE RJ-45 product. Tyco and PowerDsine also plan to develop 2 x 4 and 2 x 8 PoE RJ-45 connectors.