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Micrel, Inc.’s New Zippy2 Ethernet Combo Board in Stock at Digi-Key Corporation

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it has stock on Micrel, Inc.’s Zippy2 Ethernet Combo Board, the KSZ8851SNL-BBE-EVAL evaluation board for the KSZ8851SNL Ethernet controller.

Jointly developed by Micrel and TinCanTools, the Zippy2 Ethernet Combo Board is a low-cost Ethernet expansion board for the BeagleBoard. It is available for purchase on Digi-Key’s global websites and will be featured in future print and online catalogs.

The Zippy2 provides a standard 10/100BaseT (10/100Mbit) Ethernet interface and uses Micrel’s KSZ8851SNL SPI-to-Ethernet controller. It also provides a second SD/MMC interface that supports 3.3V and 1.8V SD memory cards as well as a second RS232 serial interface with two serial connectors.

Support for the Zippy2 is also available on Digi-Key’s website where users can access information such as schematics, gerbers, and a BOM specifically for the Zippy2. On the Zippy2 support website, users also have access to software links for the Linux driver, as well as links for additional support.

Additionally, the Zippy2 provides a Real Time Clock (RTC) with backup battery power provided by a small 3V lithium coin battery. An I2C interface connector allows access to I2C signals that have been level translated to 5V to allow easy connection to standard 5V peripherals. An AT24C01 serial EEPROM is also provided and contains a vendor ID and a device ID used to identify the type of board connected to the expansion header.

“This new evaluation board for the KSZ8851SNL Ethernet controller makes it easier for engineers to develop an AMR gateway by using the USB-powered BeagleBoard single board computer in conjunction with the Zippy2 Ethernet Combo Board,” said Dave Doherty, Digi-Key’s vice president of semiconductor product. “We are excited to add Micrel’s Zippy2 Ethernet Combo Board to Digi-Key’s broad product offering to better serve our customers.”

Digi-Key Corporation focuses on providing customers with superior service, which includes product selection and availability, on-time delivery, and responsiveness. Using leading-edge processes and state-of-the-art technologies, Digi-Key serves a global customer base from its 600,000 square foot facility in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA.

About Digi-Key Corporation

As one of the world’s fastest growing distributors of electronic components, Digi-Key Corporation has earned its reputation as an industry leader through its total commitment to service and performance. Digi-Key is a full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than 1.5 million products from over 440 quality name-brand manufacturers. A testament to Digi-Key’s unparalleled commitment to service, North American design engineers have ranked Digi-Key #1 for Overall Performance for 18 consecutive years (EE Times Distribution Study/August 2009). Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering is available at www.digikey.com.

About Micrel, Inc.

Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets. The company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication; clock management; Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Jose, CA, with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.micrel.com.

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