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Home >> Products >> SuperSpeed USB-to-LAN ICs >> USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet >> AX88178A

 AX88178A -- USB2.0 to 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet Controller

AX88178A can be used in any embedded system with a USB host microcontroller requiring a twisted pair physical network connection. Featuring a USB interface (compliant with USB specification V2.0 and V1.1) to communicate with a USB Host Controller, the AX88178A also integrates on-chip Gigabit Ethernet MAC and PHY (IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u and IEEE802.3ab compatible). Additionally, the AX88178A needs only a single 25MHz crystal to drive both the USB and Ethernet PHYs.

The AX88178A offers a wide array of features including IPv4/IPv6 checksum offload engine, crossover detection and auto-correction, TCP large send offload and IEEE802.3az EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet). The EEE defines a mechanism that allows the AX88178A to enter a low power idle state to reduce power and to achieve a more energy efficient Ethernet. It supports dynamic cable length detection and dynamic power adjustment Green Ethernet in Gigabit mode. The AX88178A also offers multiple power management Wake-on-LAN features, including Magic Packet, Microsoft Wakeup Frame and Link Status Change that allows systems to enter a low power state and wake on desired network traffic.


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Feature:

  • Single chip USB 2.0 to 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet controller with Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) base on digital signal processing (DSP) technology with low dissipation
  • USB Device Controller
    • Integrates on-chip USB 2.0 PHY and controller compliant to USB Spec 2.0 and 1.1
    • Supports USB High/Full Speed modes with Bus-power or Self-power device auto-detect capability
    • High performance packet transfer rate over USB bus using proprietary burst transfer mechanism (US Patent Approval)
  • Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • Supports IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet)
    • IEEE 802.3, 802.3u and 802.3ab compatible
    • Integrates 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet MAC/PHY
    • Supports dynamic cable length detection and dynamic power adjustment Green Ethernet (Gigabit mode only)
    • Supports parallel detection and automatic polarity correction
    • Supports crossover detection and auto- correction
    • Supports IPv4/IPv6 packet Checksum Offload Engine (COE) to reduce CPU loading, including IPv4 IP/TCP/UDP/ICMP/IGMP & IPv6 TCP/UDP/ICMPv6 checksum check & generation
    • Supports TCP Large Send Offload V1
    • Supports full duplex operation with IEEE 802.3x flow control and half duplex operation with back-pressure flow control
    • Supports IEEE 802.1P Layer 2 Priority Encoding and Decoding
    • Supports IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging and 2 VLAN ID filtering; received VLAN Tag (4 bytes) can be stripped off or preserved
    • Supports Jumbo frame up to 4KB
    • PHY loop-back diagnostic capability
  • Support Wake-on-LAN Function
    • Supports suspend mode and remote wakeup via link-change, Magic Packet, Microsoft Wakeup Frame and external wakeup pin
    • Supports Bonjour wake-on-demand
  • Advanced Power Management Features
    • Supports power management offload (ARP & NS)
    • Supports dynamic power management to reduce power dissipation during idle or light traffic
    • Supports AutoDetach power saving-Soft-disconnected from USB host when Ethernet cable is unplugged
    • Supports advanced link down power saving when Ethernet cable is unplugged
  • Supports optional serial EEPROM (93c56/66) for storing USB Descriptors, Node-ID, etc.
  • Supports embedded eFuse (64-byte) to store USB Device Descriptors, Node-ID, etc to save external EEPROM
  • Supports automatic loading of USB Device Descriptors, Node-ID, etc. from embedded eFuse or external EEPROM after power-on initialization
  • Single 25MHz clock input from either crystal or oscillator source
  • Integrates on-chip power-on reset circuit
  • Integrates pipelined RISC (System on a Chip, SoC) for handling protocol and control functions
  • 68-pin QFN 8mm x 8mm RoHS/REACH compliant package
  • Operating over 0°C to 70°C temperature range

 Block Diagram

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 Selection Guide

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 Development Board

AX88178A Demo Board  Available
 This is an AX88178A USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet dongle adapter for users to verify AX88178A function on any platform that supports USB 2.0 host interface

Technical Documentation

 Product Brief, Product Introduction and Datasheet

AX88178A Product Brief311.2 KB2015-01-16
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AX88178A Product Introduction 661.6 KB2013-07-19
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AX88178A Datasheet 1.2 MB2016-04-11
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 Reference Manuals and User Guides

AX88178A EEPROM/Manufacture User Guide   
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AX88179/AX88178A Mac OSX Driver Installation Guide 1.2 MBv2.102016-11-08
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 Reports

AX88178A Reliability Report 215.7 KB2012-07-18
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AX88178A RoHS Report   
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AX88178A Performance Test Report   
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AX88178A USB-IF Compliance Test Report   
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AX88178A IEEE 802.3 Compliance Test Reports   
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Hardware Design Documentation

 Reference Schematics

AX88178A Reference Schematic 174.1 KBv1.162016-11-01
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AX88178A USB Type C Plug Connector Reference Schematic 176 KBV1.002015-12-31
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 Bill of Materials, Application Notes and Layout Guides

AX88178A Demo Board BOM File 190.2 KB2013-10-01
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AX88178A USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Applications Design Note 1.1 MBv1.232016-11-01
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 PCB Layout, Gerber and IBIS Model

AX88178A Demo Board PCB Layout Files 219.4 KB2012-06-27
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AX88178A Demo Board Gerber Files 417.9 KB2012-06-27
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AX88178A IBIS Model 433.6 KB2012-10-22
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 Utilities

Windows SROM Programming Tool   
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Windows Production Test Tool   
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 Drivers

Driver TypeRevision Release DateDescriptionFile Size
Apple Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.12 Drivers Installer V2.8.02016-11-08 For Apple x86, 32-bit/64-bit platforms1.2 MB
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Linux kernel 4.x/3.x/2.6.x Driver V1.16.02016-11-30 For all Android systems, Linux kernel 2.6.14 and later15.5 KB
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Windows 10/8.1/8.0 32-bit Driver V1.18.2.02016-07-04 For 32-bit x86 CPU platform, HLK/WHCK certified1.5 MB
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Windows 10/8.1/8.0 64-bit Driver V1.18.2.02016-07-04 For 64-bit x86 CPU platform, HLK/WHCK certified1.7 MB
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Windows 10/8.1/8.0 32-bit/64-bit HLK/WHCK drivers setup program V1.0.0.02016-07-15 For 32-bit/64-bit x86 CPU platform HLK/WHCK certified11.9 MB
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Windows 7 32-bit Driver V1.12.11.02016-04-06 For 32-bit x86 CPU platform WHCK certified42.7 KB
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Windows 7 64-bit Driver V1.14.11.02016-04-06 For 64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHCK certified47.7 KB
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Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit WHCK drivers setup program V3.0.3.02016-04-20 For 32-bit/64-bit x86 CPU platform WHCK certified8.8 MB
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Windows XP/Vista 32-bit Driver V1.4.2.02013-05-24 For 32-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified1.4 MB
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Windows XP/Vista 64-bit Driver V1.6.2.02013-05-24 For 64-bit x86 CPU platform, WHQL certified1.6 MB
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WinXP/Vista 32-bit/64-bit WHQL drivers setup program v1.0.4.02013-06-04 For 32-bit/64-bit x86 CPU platform WHQL certified11.7 MB
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Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver v1.4.1.02013-10-25 For ARMv7 platform522 KB
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Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver v1.4.1.02013-10-25 For ARMv6 platform522.2 KB
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Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver v1.4.1.02013-10-25 For ARMv5 platform522.2 KB
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Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver v1.4.0.02013-10-25 For CEPC x86 platform519.1 KB
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Windows Embedded Compact 7/CE 7.0 Driver v1.4.1.02013-10-25 For MIPS-II platform526.7 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.0.02013-07-31 For Intel PXA27x ARM platform534 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.0.02013-07-31 For CEPC x86 platform531.1 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.0.02013-07-31 For NEC VR5500 MIPS-II platform538.9 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.0.02013-07-31 For NEC VR5500 MIPS-IV platform539.5 KB
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Windows CE 6.0 Driver v1.2.0.02013-07-31 For Renesas US7750R HARP(Aspen) SH4 platform535.3 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.0.02014-04-16 For MainStone II Intel PXA27X platform674.1 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.0.02014-04-16 For SMDK2410 ARM platform674.2 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.0.02014-04-16 For CEPC x86 platform662.1 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.0.02014-04-16 For NEC VR5500 MIPS-II platform685.6 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.0.02014-04-16 For NEC VR5500 MIPS-IV platform687.9 KB
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Windows CE 5.0 / Mobile 5 / Mobile 6 Driver v1.0.0.02014-04-16 For Renesas US7750R HARP(Aspen) SH4 platform676 KB
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 FAQs

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Q0001: Where can I obtain the latest AX88178A drivers?
A0001: Please visit the AX88178A Driver Download web page (http://www.asix.com.tw/download.php?sub=driverdetail&PItemID=134) for details.

Q0002: Are AX88178A Windows drivers qualified by the WHCK/WHQL compliant certification?
A0002: Yes, the AX88178A Windows 8/7 32-bit/64-bit drivers were qualified by Microsoft WHCK certification and the AX88178A Windows XP/Vista 32-bit/64-bit drivers were qualified by Microsoft WHQL certification.


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