Cracking Open A Linksys Desktop Switch

IC Plus Corp. Chip

With the heat sink removed, the integrated switching chip is revealed. According to IC Plus' technical documentation, the IP175C chip integrates switch controller, SSRAM and Ethernet transceivers, each of which complies with the IEEE 803.3, IEEE 802.3u and IEEE 802.3x specifications. The chip supports flow control, auto MDI (which helps manage uplink operations) and bandwidth control, among other functions.

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