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I210-CS Inquiry

Joanna1
Beginner
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Hello, 

We are interested in your component I210-CS. We are already in the development phase yet we would appreciate some more info about it. It is not very clear from its datasheet if this component requires a flash memory. If not, does the I210-CS come burnt with a basic configuration, and if not, how can we update a new configurations to the component if needed?
Also, can you, please, advise for a PCB layout reference for this component?
Thank you in advance!

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CarlosAM_INTEL
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Hello, @Joanna1:

Thank you for contacting Intel Embedded Community.

You can find the information that may help you in the answer to questions 2.9, 2.14, 2.15, 2.16, and 2.23 on pages 6, 8, and 9 of the Intel(R) Ethernet Controller I210/I211 Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] document # 335346 and in the Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-CS Checklist document # 569653. You can find them when you are logged into your Resource & Design Center (RDC) privileged account on the following website:

https://cdrdv2.intel.com/v1/dl/getContent/335346

https://cdrdv2.intel.com/v1/dl/getContent/569653

You should fill out the RDC Account Support form to process your account update request or report any inconveniences with the provided sites. You can be found on the following website:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/forms/support/my-intel-sign-on-support.html

Best regards,

@CarlosAM_INTEL.

Joanna1
Beginner
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Hello @CarlosAM_INTEL ,

Thank you for the quick reply.

I have seen the FAQs document once and I checked it once again now (by the way, the link you provided does not work).

There is a small contradiction between the I210-CS datasheet and the FAQs document.

In the FAQs document it says: "The I210 is designed to use an external flash memory, but can be used without one with very limited features".

But in the datasheet it says:

"The I210-CS/CL can be used to connect an external Flash only for development purposes
(such as speeding up debugging of prototypes). An external Flash is not supported for
this production."

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I understand from this that I do not require a flash memory when using I210-CS specifically. I also understand that the I210 will respond on the first power up with a basic configuration it reads from its iNVM, am I right? But if not, how do I configure it for the first time (the very first power up)?

Also, I would like to know if it is possible to update new configurations without a serial flash interface?

Thank you and best regards,

Joanna

 

CarlosAM_INTEL
Moderator
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Hello, @Joanna1:

Thanks for your reply.

You should find the cited FAQs document on the following website:

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/faqs/ethernet-controller-i210-i211-faq....

On the other hand, you should find the external flash and serial interface updated for this moment and proper information in sections 1.4.4 and 1.4.5 on page 9 of the Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-CS/
CL Datasheet document # 335761. You can find it when you are logged into your Resource & Design Center (RDC) privileged account on the following website:

https://cdrdv2.intel.com/v1/dl/getContent/335761

You should fill out the RDC Account Support form to process your account update request or report any inconveniences with the provided sites. You can be found on the following website:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/forms/support/my-intel-sign-on-support.html

Best regards,

@CarlosAM_INTEL.

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