Methode Electronics. has filed a patent for a pluggable module that enables the migration of standard SGMII Ethernet to Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) protocol. The module features a housing with a PCB and connectors for SPE interface, facilitating communication over a single twisted pair. GlobalData’s report on Methode Electronics gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Pluggable module for migration from sgmii to spe protocol

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Methode Electronics Inc

The patent application US20240039224A1 describes a pluggable module designed to provide a Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) interface. The module includes a housing with a printed circuit board (PCB) mounted inside, featuring an extended PCB portion at one end with a connector for the SPE interface. Additionally, the module incorporates two Physical Layer Devices (PHYs) to facilitate the migration from standard SGMII host interface Ethernet to SPE protocol, enabling communication over a single twisted pair on the line side interface.

Furthermore, the pluggable module includes various components such as an FPGA configured as an I2C-to-MDIO bridge, a serial ID EEPROM chip, and a power supply chip. The line side interface connector options include a three-wire terminal block, horizontal and vertical style SPE connectors, an LC style copper jack, and a wire trap style connector block. The positioning of the PHY devices on the PCB, along with the extended portion of the PCB forming an enlarged housing portion, allows for seamless integration with host devices and migration to SPE protocol upon connection, offering a versatile and efficient solution for Ethernet communication.

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