Hauppauge, NYSMSC has introduced what it claims is the industry's first embedded consumer IR (remote control via infrared) receiver/controller dubbed the SIO1049 for Media Center systems running the upcoming release of Windows Vista.
Supported by Microsoft drivers, the SIO1049 is designed to enable Media Center PCs running the Windows Vista OS to act and appear more like consumer electronics devices than computers. For more information on Windows Vista, click here: www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/default.aspx.
The SIO1049 provides Media Center-based systems with CIR receiver functions that have been traditionally supported using an external USB-based dongle.
"This was a cooperative development focused on enhancing remote capabilities of Windows Vista platforms regardless of the form factor: for example, doubling the number of IR emitters supported, and adding another IR receiver and supporting future, premium internal cable and satellite tuners," said Rolf Mahler, director of product marketing at SMSC. "As an integrated, internal CIR solution, the SIO1049 takes up minimal space on the motherboard at a 50% cost reduction over existing devices. And by eliminating the dongle, we give consumers back a USB port."
For more information on Media Center systems, click here: www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/default.mspx.
The SIO1049 Media Center CIR controller supports remote control input, IR learning, IR emitting and system-wake functions. Its remote control inputs support all IR protocols required to be compliant with Windows Vista transceiver or receiver hardware requirements in addition to protocols supported by previous versions of Windows XP Media Center Edition. The IR port also supports the ability to send and receive IR simultaneously. IR learning provides the ability to capture both raw IR data streams and IR carrier frequency. IR emitting capabilities support up to four independent IR transmitter jacks.
The SIO1049 is a 3.3-V PC99, PC2001, and ACPI 2.0 compliant super I/O controller. It resides on the LPC interface allowing full ACPI power control, enabling system wake from S1, S3, S4 and S5 sleep modes. The SIO1049 incorporates a 16C550A compatible UART, one Multi-Mode parallel port with ChiProtect circuitry plus EPP and ECP support and 14 GPIO pins. It does not require any external filter components and features Software Configurable Logic (SCL) for ease of use.
The SIO1049 comes in a 64-pin STQFP (7-mm x 7-mm) package for minimum motherboard space requirements, modularity and build-to-order capability. Samples are available now with production quantities slated for the fourth quarter of 2006. Pricing will be $3.95 per unit in OEM quantities.
The SIO1049 product page: www.smsc.com/main/catalog/sio1049.html
A PDF of the SIO1049 data brief can be found at the following URL: www.smsc.com/main/datasheets/1049db.pdf
SMSC, 1-631-435-6300, www.smsc.com