Isolation Transformers from Halo Electronics Leverage UWBX Technology  

HALO’s 2.5G and 5G discrete Ethernet transformers 

Leveraging its recent investment and collaboration with UWB X Ltd of the UK, HALO Electronics is releasing its first galvanic isolation transformers using the UWBX technology, designed to push bandwidth ceilings to a new level for the communications industry. Manufacturing a broad line of communication and power magnetics, HALO is a leading supplier of Ethernet transformers such as the 2.5G and 5G models shown above. 

The new models are the industry’s first commercially available IEEE802.3ch compliant 2.5GBASE-T1 transformers, providing galvanic isolation for applications requiring a higher level of isolation, it says. Using the UWBX patent pending technology HALO has been able to achieve the high-speed performance needed to meet Insertion Loss and Return Loss required for a fully compliant 2.5GBASE-T1 Ethernet port over single pair copper cables. Providing 1.5KV isolation, it should prove to be valuable for data transfer in critical high noise situations such as in automotive and aerospace applications. The same proprietary transformer technology was used to provide the industry’s first commercially available 25G and 40G 4 pair isolation transformers. 

In January 2020, the company announced it had invested in UWBX, a company focused on creating a new high-speed transformer technology. As part of HALO’s ownership stake, it was to have exclusive use of the technology with manufacturing at HALO’s global production facilities. At the time, HALO said it intends to develop 25/40G (IEEE802.3bq) magnetics as well as galvanic isolated Multi Gig BASE-T1 (up to 10G over a single pair) transformer solutions for next generation high speed Ethernet applications. 

“The technology that UWBX has developed will change the way we think about standard Ethernet transformers and will push the bandwidth ceiling to a level not achievable from traditional transformer technology,” said Jeff Heaton, HALO’s vice president of technical marketing. “Having invented some ground-breaking transformer technology, UWBX is very excited to be working with HALO, a magnetics vendor of world renown, and look forward to jointly exploring new horizons in magnetics and seeing the results taken from the lab to reality to make a real impact in the world,” added Andew Ackland, CTO of UWBX. 

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada but with its main USA operations in Silicon Valley at Santa Clara,  HALO designs and manufactures a broad line of communication and power magnetics. Its products are found across the world in markets from consumer devices to critical medical and military applications. See