Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation unveiled a small form factor version of its SimpliPHY VSC8641, a IEEE 802.3 compliant Gigabit Ethernet PHY transceiver. This device is housed in an 88-pin QFN package that reduces required board space by 30 percent. The built-in advanced energy management, cable diagnostic, and self-correction features of the VSC8641 enable designers to more efficiently tackle next-generation network deployment in power-sensitive applications such as cable modems and PON optical network terminals containing batteries for E911 compliance during power outages.  As a result, ODMs and OEMs gain the best performance in a compact footprint, energy-efficient device that greatly accelerates the transition from Fast Ethernet (10/100) to Gigabit Ethernet.