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TI FlashMedia controller with 1394, Flash Media

Posted: 09 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) introduced what it claims as the industry's fastest and most integrated FlashMedia controller available.

Incorporating 1394 (FireWire), Flash Media, Dual Socket CardBus and Smart Card, the new FlashMedia device family is suitable for the connectivity needs of notebook and desktop PCs, as well as consumer electronic devices such as STBs, digital video recorders), personal video recorders (PVR), HDTV and other audio/video applications.

FlashMedia support includes Secure Digital (SD), SDIO, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, XD, Smart Media and Compact Flash.

According to TI, the PCI7621 family is a high-performance, low-cost integrated solution that provides the latest in Flash Media, PC Card and Smart Card technology. It includes a high-speed DMA interface and patent pending TI SD switching technology, which allows support for SD and SDIO cards through Microsoft's SD Host driver, while still providing support for MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD and SmartMedia.

The product's FlashMedia interface provides several configuration options for maximum implementation flexibility. One option provides a dedicated SD/SDIO/MMC slot and a dedicated Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO slot. The second alternative provides support for the 5-in-1 slot that accepts SD, SDIO, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO card. The third design choice includes the 7-in-1 slot that adds support for xD and SmartMedia. Compact Flash cards are also supported via a passive Compact Flash adapter in either the PC Card slot or by dedicating one of the PC Card slots as a Compact Flash slot.

For security and e-commerce applications, the PCI7621 integrates the smart card interface GemCore Technology from Gemplus. Based on this technology, the device provides a dedicated Smart Card interface that is compliant with all the latest Smart Card standards, including ISO7816, PC/SC, B1 (with CT-API) and EMV-2000/EMVCO. The PCI7621 also offers SmartCard support through an adapter in the Cardbus slot.

Budgetary price for members of the PCI7621 family is $15 in quantities of 1,000 units. Leaded and lead-free packaging is available.

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