Microchip Launches New PoE Switch for Smart Lighting Systems


Microchip’s new PoE switch can be installed in any air handling space and is ideal for digital ceiling installations

Microchip Technology Inc., through its Microsemi subsidiary, launched a cost-effective eight-port power over ethernet (PoE) switch to support larger and more efficient smart lighting systems.

The new PoE switch offers guaranteed power of 60 watts (W) per port for all the eight ports simultaneously. The switch is ideal for digital ceiling installations and is IEEE 802.3bt-compliant PDS-408G PoE.

The new product is specifically designed for enterprise connected lighting applications and has a noise-free operation with a fanless design. The PDS-408G connects different systems like sensors, lighting, HVAC and Wi-Fi access points over a single switch.

Cost savings and lower operating expenses

The new PoE switch provides end applications extra cost-savings from lower energy and operating expenses. The switch offers a total of 480 W that include up to 90 W for any individual port or 60 W for all the eight ports simultaneously.

The new switch is suitable to be installed in any air handling space and is ideal for digital ceiling installations. The fanless design of the switch provides the features required for buildings that need reliable and noise-free operation, such as hospitals, offices and hotels. The PDS-408G also offers other benefits of PoE, such as safe power, flexible deployment, simple installation and remote power management.

Speaking about the launch, Rich Simoncic, Senior Vice President – analog, discrete and power business unit, Microchip, said, “Demand for power over ethernet in connected lighting systems has accelerated, and our new PoE switch is designed specifically for the needs of these applications.”

“The PDS-408G continues Microchip’s leadership in PoE technology, providing an IEEE 802.3bt-compliant solution that provides almost six times the amount of power than the original PoE standard,” Simoncic added.

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