MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. here today announced a major foundry and marketing alliance with Mobility Electronics Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based supplier of chips for high-speed connectivity and docking applications for PCs.
Under the terms, LSI Logic will license Mobility Electronics' Split Bridge chip technology, which provides high-speed connectivity between PCs and other products. In addition, LSI Logic will manufacture, market and sell the Split Bridge chips to its customers. The first chips, to be geared for PC motherboards, will be available in 2001.
The Split Bridge technology servers as the basis for the Universal Docking Solution (UDS), an emerging standard which combines multiple connectivity technologies and standards. This standard will also allow users to connect mobile computers to any docking station. Split Bridge can also be used to connect different types of computers with a simple connection.
Split Bridge is said to have a bi-directional bandwidth of 1.25-gigabits-per-second. This is said to 100 times faster than today's Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Firewire technologies.
"LSI Logic is one of the companies that helped us get our Split Bridge program off the ground, allowing us to create the world's first universal 32-bit docking solution for laptop computers," said Charlie Mollo, president and chief executive of Mobility Electronics.