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USB 2.0 PCI cards from VIA and EPoX

USB 2.0 PCI cards from VIA and EPoX

The Taiwanese chipset manufacturer VIA today announced the release of a PCI plug-in card with USB 2.0 ports. Thanks to the VIA 2580E chipset, the controller offers theoretical support for more than one hundred devices.

The card is capable to take full advantage of the maximum speed of the USB 2.0 interface with 480 Mbps. Under the name EP-USB2U, EPoX will also bring a solution based on the VIA chip onto the market. The card will not only be available in a bundle with a mainboard, but also separately for use in competing boards. EPoX wants to bridge the time until the permanent implementation of USB 2.0 in the Southbridge in a cost-effective way. Because the NEC controller, which is otherwise often used, costs € 50 according to EPoX alone. Theoretically, up to 127 devices can be connected to the four ports of the EP-USB2U. Thanks to the full support of the 'PCI-Bus Power Management Interface', the card should not stand in the way of the power-saving operation of the PC.

USB 2.0 PCI cards from VIA and EPoX

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