COMPAQ SELECTS CONEXANT'S MODEM/NETWORK CONNECTIVITY FOR PCS.Conexant Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXT) has introduced a V.90/local area network (LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. ) combination communications solution for the mobile computing segment.
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Based on the mini-peripheral component interconnect (mini-PCI) form factor, Conexant's solution combines V.90 modem and 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connectivity on a single card.
Conexant's mini-PCI solution provides OEMs with an easy means of integrating modem and LAN or broadband connectivity into notebook designs, and offers a lower bill-of-materials cost for notebook manufacturers than alternative solutions.
Supported by the industry's leading computer companies and suppliers, the mini-PCI standard defines a small daughter card that offers the same functionality as the widely accepted PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). standard in a significantly smaller form factor.
Compaq has been a Conexant customer since 1985. In addition to selecting the combination modem/LAN solution, Compaq has also integrated Conexant's host-based V.90 software modem into its Presario 1200T, 1400, 1600 and 1700 notebooks, utilizing the same industry-standard mini-PCI form factor.
"Conexant's modem/LAN combo provided us with an affordable way to offer our customers high-speed Internet access and local-area network connectivity in a combined solution," said Kevin Frost, vice president, Presario Mobile Products, Compaq.
"We're excited to strengthen our relationship with Conexant and incorporate their latest modem technologies, as well as connectivity combo-product offerings, into our consumer notebook line."
Featuring a highly integrated design, the V.90/LAN combo eliminates the need for a bridge chip, a device that allows two devices to share one PCI connector. This reduces bill-of-materials costs by approximately $2 to $4 for typical notebook designs.
"Mini-PCI solutions, such as our V.90/LAN combo, offer PC manufacturers a significantly less expensive way to provide modem and network connectivity to their customers," said Matt Rhodes, senior vice president and general manager for Conexant's Personal Computing Division.
"Our solution is superior to conventional PC card implementations, not only because of its lower cost, but also because it allows PC OEMs to implement a solution for LAN connectivity with the same performance as more expensive branded CardBus and Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (body, hardware, standard) Personal Computer Memory Card International Association - (PCMCIA, or "PC Card") An international trade association and the standards they have developed for devicies, such as modems and external hard disk drives, that can be plugged into notebook (PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, San Jose, CA, www.pcmcia.org) An international standards body and trade association that was founded in 1989 to establish a standard for connecting peripherals to portable computers. PCMCIA created the PC Card. See PC Card. ) cards."
Conexant's V.90/LAN combination product is among the first to achieve Windows Hardware Quality Labs (body, standard) Windows Hardware Quality Labs - (WHQL) A Microsoft body that produces and supports the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility Test kit for current Microsoft operating systems. (WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) A Microsoft facility that provides testing services for hardware and drivers for compliance with its operating systems. WHQL administers various logos that compliant vendors may reprint on their packages. ) certification, which ensures a product's full compatibility with Windows operating systems. This certification also allows customers integrating the solution onto their motherboards or add-in cards to display the "Designed for Microsoft Windows" logo on product packaging.
Conexant's modem family includes hardware-based, software-based and "controllerless" modems, plus all associated codecs The following is a list of codecs. Audio codecs
Conexant provides its customers with a single source spanning all of the requirements for creating feature-rich modem and audio solutions across a full spectrum of price/performance points.
Available now, Conexant's V.90/LAN solution is packaged as a 100-pin plastic quad flat pack (PQFP (Plastic Quad Flat Package) Refers to many varieties of QFP chip packages, which are molded in plastic. See QFP. ) and is priced at $17.50 in quantities of 100,000.