HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--Standard Microsystems Corp. here today announced its entry into the "Hi-Speed" Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 peripheral controller market with plans to introduce two ICs supporting the higher-speed transfer rates of the technology.
The Long Island, N.Y.-based company said it will launch the USB97C201 "True Speed" ATA/ATPI/CF bridge controller for external disk drives and the USB97C210 memory card controller for USB memory card readers in the first quarter of 2002. Standard Microsystems has supplied USB 1.1 controllers for mass-storage applications since 1998.
"These initial USB 2.0 products are the first in a planned family of high-speed connectivity devices designed to bring the ultimate in data communications performance to a broad range of peripheral products," stated Marshall Lacoff, vice president and general manager of the company's Embedded Products Group.
The USB97C201 True Speed controller will feature a sustained 53.2-megabyte-per-second data transfer rate. The new controller will operate in UDMA modes up to mode 4 to achieve higher speed than other USB 2.0 ATA/ATAP controller chips, according to Standard Microsystems. The new USB97C201 uses a patent-pending programmable architecture and advanced process technology yield "a very small die size," said the company.
Later this month, Standard Microsystems said it plans to announce the USB97C210 memory card controller, which the company claims is the world's first USB 2.0 multi-format memory card controller. The controller is designed for use in multi-function card readers--including interfaces to CompactFlash (CF), SmartMedia (SM), Memory Stick (MS), Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards. It will also interface to ATA Microdrives.
Pricing on these soon-to-be-announced products was not released by the Hauppauge-based company.