Low-cost FireWire devices unveiled

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Low-cost FireWire devices unveiled

A pair of Taiwanese companies have unveiled new low-cost chips for the 1394 market.

Realtek Semiconductor’s ALN8801 chip set is a three-port device that supports 100, 200, and 400 megabit per second transfer rates.

Meanwhile, Acer Laboratories introduced an IEEE 1394 Open Host Controller Interface Link Layer chip called the M5251. Targeted at desktop and mobile PCs, the device offers 100-, 200- and 400-Mbit/s 1394 transfer rates and 66-MHz PCI clocks.

The 1394 serial I/O bus is designed to function as both a cable-connected and a backplane bus, providing improved performance over serial and parallel buses.

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