Texas Instruments Integrates Industry's Leading Cardbus and FireWire(tm) Controllers in a Single Device Creating Space for Smaller Designs

6/26/2002 - Saving designers components, board space, routing and manufacturing costs, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced the integration of its industry-leading Cardbus and FireWire controllers into a single, small-footprint device. The new low-power solution will benefit makers of corporate and consumer notebook PCs, as well as legacy-free and small-form-factor desktop PCs.

TI´s new PCI4510 controller provides full Cardbus and IEEE 1394a functionality in a single package. The device integrates a single-slot Cardbus controller, an IEEE 1394a OHCI 1.1 link layer controller and a two-port 400-megabit per second (Mbps) IEEE 1394a physical layer. Another device, the PCI4520 controller, is identical to the PCI4510 except for the integration of a dual-slot Cardbus controller. Packaging options for the PCI4510 include the industry´s smallest ball grid array (MicroStarTM BGA) among competing devices for increased savings in board space. Both of the new controllers reduce component counts and allow designers to route fewer traces by implementing only one PCI bus for the support of both Cardbus and IEEE 1394.

The PCI4510/20 controllers are designed for low power consumption, with core logic operating at 1.8 volts (V) and I/O functions at 3.3V. Universal PCI interfaces are compatible with both 3.3V and 5V signaling environments, providing flexibility in design. OHCI 1.1 compliance meets the PC2001 design guide, the current design standard in the industry. PCI Power Management 1.1 support enables active power management by the WindowsTM operating system, and other standards ensure full system compatibility.

Building on Leadership Solutions for PC Connectivity
TI is the market leader for both Cardbus and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) control solutions, supplying more than 70 percent of both types of controllers found in PCs today. The new PCI4510/20 controllers not only extend the benefits of greater integration to TI customers, but also provide proven designs based on TI´s recognized system expertise and manufacturing technology. In its future PC connectivity products, TI is well positioned to integrate additional functionality, such as wireless technology, IEEE 1394b, USB 2.0, Smartcard, Flash Media support and more.

"TI is committed to helping system manufacturers reduce space, power consumption and costs with PC connectivity products," said Steven Mills, business manager for Computer Connectivity Solutions at TI. "In addition, TI's leadership in connectivity helps extend the range of capabilities in future generations of PCs, enabling system manufacturers to bring new forms of communication to end users affordably."

Availability, Packaging and Pricing
TI´s new PCI4510 single-slot Cardbus/dual-port IEEE 1394a controller is available in July from TI. Package options include a space-saving 209-ball (GHK) MicroStar BGA and a 208-lead (PDT) low-profile quad flatpack (LQFP). Recommended retail pricing for the PCI4510 is $6.00 each in quantities of 10,000.

TI's PCI4520 dual-slot Cardbus/dual-port IEEE 1394a controller is scheduled for production during the fourth quarter of 2002. The device is packaged in a 257-ball (GHK) MicroStar BGA. Planned pricing is $7.00 each in quantities of 10,000.

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