New Universal PCI Serial Connectivity

July 30, 2004 / News

Brainboxes ‘New Universal PCI Serial Range’ meets the new slot standard for PCI serial cards that is rapidly being adapted by many PC manufacturers. 

PCI 2.3 requires that all plug-in cards support 3.3V signalling, however many systems still use 5V signalling. To accommodate both signalling types our new range of Universal PCI is compatible with both 3.3V and 5V. What this means is that Brainboxes Universal PCI serial cards can be used in virtually any PC system available.

What makes our ‘New Universal PCI’ range unique is that all our new cards are using Brainboxes own BB16PCI958 industry leading UART, which is a near 1-chip solution that only requires line drivers.

All our Universal PCI cards have Microsoft signed drivers (Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP).

Universal PCI Serial Card Features:

• Works in both 3.3V and 5V PCI slots
• PCI 2.3 Compliant
• Speeds up to 921, 600 Baud
• PCI Power Management 1.1 compliant
• Fully Plug and Play
• Microsoft Signed Drivers – Windows 2000,Server 2003 and XP

In addition to the above, most products in the new range have greater control of FIFO trigger levels, readable FIFO levels giving improved transfer efficiency. These features combined with greater flexibility in choosing the baud rates available deliver improved overall performance.