HAUPPAUGE, NY (PRWEB) August 18, 2004
SMSC (Nasdaq: SMSC), a leading semiconductor company delivering innovative system solutions spanning analog, digital and mixed-signal technologies, today introduced the SCH3112, SCH3114 and the SCH3116, a family of pin compatible system controller hub chips. The suite of Input/Output (I/O) controllers delivers a more flexible design that enables system design engineers to standardize on a single part across a wide range of applications with similar characteristics. Achieving a new level of integration that reduces overall system costs, SMSC provides the necessary scalability across product and system designs.
The SCH3112, SCH3114, SCH3116 family provides our customers with incredible value by combining critical system functionality normally requiring multiple parts into single devices. Through intelligent integration, we are enabling the lowest system cost possible while reducing board real estate requirements, said Rob Stein, Vice President of Marketing Embedded I/O Products at SMSC. Utilizing our best-in-class engineering prowess in mixed-signal design, these devices also allow our customers to achieve the highest thermal monitoring accuracy in an integrated device found in the market today with the industrys first industrial temperature rated embedded I/O controllers.
Benefits of New Product Family
Through high levels of integration, embedded applications can now take advantage of up to six fully functional Universal Asynchronous Receiver-Transmitters (UARTs), eliminating the need for two separate I/O devices or discrete UART ICs. By increasing the number of serial ports, SMSC is addressing not only board constraint issues, but is also providing opportunities for bill-of-material cost reductions because it does not require additional components. Overall, the new embedded I/O controllers provide up to a 70 percent savings in board space through its space-efficient 128-pin VTQFP packaging. This is critical as the embedded motherboard market drives towards smaller form factors.
In addition, the integration of reset generators further reduces system costs. By having this feature integrated into the embedded I/O controller, SMSC can deliver up to a 40 percent cost savings when compared to designs using a discrete component. SMSCs reset generator implementation allows for variable pulse widths and incorporates a Watchdog Timer and Critical Temperature Trigger that provides the ability to work across multiple platforms with different system requirements.
Thermal and voltage monitoring has become critical as it relates to those designs targeted for rugged industrial computer systems. To deliver a more reliable and robust offering, SMSC has developed hardware and thermal monitoring capabilities that deliver the industrys most accurate thermal sensing at 1.5ºC for an integrated device. Customers can now build a system that optimizes the temperature and acoustic specifications required in todays embedded and computing environments.
Key Features of the SCH3112, SCH3114, SCH3116 Controllers: