Realtek’s Low Power USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet Controller (RTL8153) Wins EDN China Innovation Award 2013


HSINCHU, Taiwan – November 13, 2013 –Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 2379.TW), one of the world’s leading network and multimedia IC providers, today announced that its Low Power USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet Controller (RTL8153) has been awarded the EDN China Innovation Award 2013. Products were evaluated and chosen by EDN China judges, and individual readers of EDN China were also invited to vote for their favorite product.

Realtek’s RTL8153 USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet controller targets Ultrabook, Tablet, and Motherboard applications, and supports the latest features. Realtek has applied state-of-the-art power saving technology (including IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet) to the RTL8153, and has achieved very low power consumption. The RTL8153’s 5V to 3.3V linear regulator takes USB bus power directly, with no requirement for an external switching regulator. Built-in OTP memory eliminates external EEPROM, and only a single 25MHz clock input is required. Realtek also provides the complete HDK, SDK, and reference component list to customers to help speed their design.

The RTL8153 supports the latest power saving scheme ‘LPM/LTM’, which is ideal for the Intel Shark Bay platform and for AOAC for Windows 8 from Microsoft.
The RTL8153 also supports driver-free installation for various Operating Systems, including Android (Linux), and MAC OS via built-in CDC ECM technology, as well as driver support for Windows 8.1.

“We are very pleased to present our USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet controller. With full support for the latest platforms and features, including auto driver installation, the RTL8153 makes the customer design-in process highly flexible”, said Realtek’s Vice President and Spokesman, Jessy Chen. “The RTL8153 supports auto driver installation for Windows OS and CDC-ECM for Linux, Android, and MAC OS eliminating end user concerns regarding installation of USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet dongles. Support for LPM/LTM and Windows AOAC will greatly extend battery life in mobile devices due to the ultra-low power consumption”.

About Realtek
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world’s leading IC providers. Realtek designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. Products include 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controllers/PHYs, 10/100/1000M Ethernet Switch Controllers/Media Converter Controllers/Gateway Controllers, Wireless LAN Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, DSL Chips, VoIP Solutions, High Fidelity Audio Solutions for Mobile and PC Applications, Clock Generators, Card Reader Controllers, Web Camera Controllers, LCD Monitor/ATV/DTV Controllers, and Digital Home Center Controllers. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions. More information on Realtek can be found on our website:

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