Products come and sadly, products go. We have a team that meets once a quarter to make sure that we are trimming products as they exit their usable life span. We also have a couple of products that you should be trending away from for new designs, and they fall into this end-of-life bucket.
First up is an old warhorse, the Intel® 82547GI Gigabit Ethernet Controller. This shouldn’t be a surprise. The 82547GI only attached to the ICH5, and that stop shipping already. The only CSA bus part ever made, CSA showed the way to PCI Express, which is the bus of choice these days. I remember working 82547GI during its silicon development, and it came in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
The Intel® 82578DM Gigabit Ethernet PHY and the Intel® 82552V Gigabit Ethernet PHY are the ones that you must not use for future designs. We honor our 7 year embedded roadmap commitment and since the 82578DM was on it, it will be available to the end of the 7 years after launch. But since this is an immediate transition to the product lines, you’ll want to use other parts for your new designs. Instead of the 82578DM, use the Intel® 82577LM Gigabit Ethernet PHY; and instead of the 82552V, use the Intel® 82574 Gigabit Ethernet Controller attached via a PCIe lane.
We are also ending some of our “leaded” products as RHOS compliance makes everything go “unleaded.” Most everyone has already moved away and we see very few “leaded” designs moving forward. If you’re still using a leaded part, the way you manufacture your product needs to change slightly.
We know an end-of-life announcement for any product can impact our customers and it isn’t something we head into lightly. In order to be able to focus on our current and future products, sometimes we need to prune the tree.
Consult your local Intel field sales staff for more details on any of these changes.