Promising consumer-friendly PCs and advancing the concept of the digital home, the SIO1000 I/O controller addresses the growing demand for mobility and the desire to access audio, video, and data via remote control. The controller is expected to allow designers to deliver media-rich, easy-to-use connected PCs, as well as provide full-featured, infrared remote control in their notebook and desktop-PC designs with minimal effort or cost. One manner in which the controller lowers cost is by integrating a CIR transceiver, thereby eliminating the need for a separate CIR dongle. Reportedly, combining the device with the company's range of USB2.0 flash media support and family of USB hubs simplifies design work even further. Pricing starts at $3.95 each/10,000. SMSC, Hauppauge, NY. (631) 435-6000.
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