Developer information for Gigabit 82541

Developer information for Gigabit 82541

paul@oakvalley.com's picture


Where can I go or call to find out how to program an 82541 Gigabit Ethernet Controller. I've searched intel.com and called several "contact us" numbers and found nothing. http://www.intel.com/design/network/products/lan/docs/82541.htmdoesn't seem to have programming information.

I have this problem every time I try to design in an Intel part, but for some reason I keep trying to design them in anyway.

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Generally speaking, technical information about Intel Network Componentsthat isn'tposted to the public Intel Hardware Design web site (http://developer.intel.com/) tends to be confidential, requiring that yougo throughan Intel Representative to sign any legal documentsnecessaryto obtain the information. If your company alreadyhas its own Intel representative, you may wish to inquire whether they are able to assist with this. Your company's Purchasing Department will normally have your Intel representative's contact information. If you have no contact yet, please see http://www.intel.com/buy/wtb/wtb1023.htm under "Design Help".

If your location is not listed, please see an Intel Authorized Distributor and ask for a Field Application Engineer (FAE). Our Intel Authorized Distributor list is also linked from the URL above.


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Lexi S.


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Message Edited by intel.software.network.support on 12-02-2005 08:43 PM

paul@oakvalley.com's picture


Now that it's been two months and still no useful information from Intel or their reps or their distributors other than accepting an NDA from me, how should I go about getting the information?

Every other company that I deal with (except occasionally with Analog Devices) is willing to give out enough information about their devices for a competent engineer to use them. What's the deal with Intel? Why is all the information for Pentiums available, but ethernet chips are a big secret? They say they don't want people using their information to compete with them in making Gigabit Ethernet cards. I not make a Gigabit Ethernet card, but if I was I wouldn't need this information because I could just use the recommended Intel hardware design and use their driver. I'm wanting to use their ethernet chip with a non-Intel architecture embedded CPU, which is not going to be possible since Intel is not forth coming with the required information. I don't even want to know any special Intel recommendations or anything, just the I/O addresses and bit definitions of the registers in the 82541. It doesn't seem like too much to ask especially since it will lead to sales of their chips which is presumably something Intel is interested in.

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Hi Paul,
We're sorry to hear that -- we'll have the Hardware Design site team follow up with you by mail to gather more information about any followup issues you might be having with Intel Authorized Distributors.

The Hardware Design Web Site team can also be contacted directly via the web form at: http://www.intel.com/design/sitehelp/writeus.htm

Regards,


Lexi S.


IntelSoftware NetworkSupport


http://www.intel.com/software


Contact us

Message Edited by intel.software.network.support on 12-02-2005 08:43 PM

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