Las Vegas, NV--November 18, 1996--Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi; Taipei, Taiwan) announced, at Fall COMDEX, the introduction of two new I/O controller series for use in personal computers. Both products were designed to meet specific needs of the PC marketplace. The first controller chip is the M513x Enhanced Super I/O Controller with Plug-and-Play and Keyboard Controller. The second chip is the M514x Ultra Super I/O Controller with Auto Power Management. Both controller series are fabricated in 0.6-m CMOS technology.
Both parts incorporate two full-function universal asynchronous receiver/transmitters (UARTs) and a high-performance internal data separator with send/receive 16-byte FIFOs on-board. They support basic functions such as standard, enhanced, and high speed modes, as well as SPP, PS/2 EPP and ECP parallel ports. Also onboard is a programmable baud-rate generator. Both are well-suited to notebook computers because they have serial infrared drivers for wireless communications with other devices. Both devices have high-performance power management for the FDC, UART, and parallel ports. The keyboard controller in the M514x supports AT, as well as PS/2 keyboards and a PS/2 mouse. The floppy disk drive controller in both devices support 2.88 Mbyte floppies, as well as the three standard densities of 720 Mbytes, 1.2 Mbytes, and 1.44 Mbytes. The internal data separator requires no external filter parts.
The M513x is priced at $4 and the M514x is $5.50 in 10k quantities. The M513x and M514x will be sampling in Dec. 1996 and available in production volume in Jan. 1997. The 513x is supplied in a 100-pin PQFP and the M514x is available in a 160-pin PQFP package.
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