Realtek, onze <kuch>favoriete</kuch> fabrikant van ethernet chips, heeft tegelijkertijd met ALi aangekondigd dat het met een low-cost IEEE 1394 (aka Firewire) chip op de markt komt. De chips ondersteunen snelheden van 100, 200 en 400Mbit/s:
Though the two Taiwan companies are somewhat late to the 1394 chip market, they hope to gain ground on their foreign rivals by competing on price. Analysts, however, believe that Taiwan's 1394 chip players have a fighting chance. “Taiwan is known for turning emerging markets upside down by competing on price,” said Thales Lee, an analyst at Vision Communications Inc. in Taipei.
[...] Realtek plans to ship its first 1394 chip next month. Called the ALN8801, the three-port device supports 100-, 200-, and 400-Mbit/s transfer rates, according to the company. Prices start at about $4.50 in mass quantities.
Hsinchu-based Acer Laboratories, which is best known for its PC chipsets, has unveiled an IEEE 1394 Open Host Controller Interface Link Layer chip that it is touting as the lowest-power OHCI device on the market. Dubbed the M5251, the chip features a 2.5-V core and is targeted at desktop and mobile PCs. The M5251 supports 100-, 200-, and 400-Mbit/s 1394 transfer rates and 66-MHz PCI clocks, according to Acer Labs.
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