Soft V.90/K56flex PCI/Mini-PCI/AMR/MDC Twin-chip (incl SmartDAA) Chipsets
Usage: To find other modems in the same chipset Family.
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- Originated before 24 March, 1999 this was the first modem-riser version of the very successful HSF modem chipsets using a SmartDAA chip. This latter had the advantages of zero power-draw from the telephone line, elimination of mechanical components, simple worldwide homologation of the entire chipset and improved lightning protection.
‘Soft’ modems have neither DSP nor Controller chips, essentially relying upon the host CPU to perform all modem functions. AC-Link (intel’s AC`97) is a M/B interface for AMR/CNR/MDC architectures to either an on-board sound-chip (RipTide from Conexant) or ‘core logic solutions’ (the soft-modem software).
Part of the design principle behind AC-Link modems is to separate the physical telephone-line components of the modem from the M/B components into a discrete riser-card. This has two immediate benefits:
If coupled with a RipTide chip this can be an audio-modem combo, otherwise is DFT. The modem was proposed in PCI + mini-PCI formats, whilst AC-Link formats were AMR plus MDC for mobile computers.
- The riser card is very simple (cheap) to construct, since it consists of only a M/B-interface + a line-interface, and this latter can be varied to suit the countries in which the card will operate.
- The Telecom-certification for the modem is isolated to the riser-card rather than the M/B.
The chipset was superceded by the imaginatively-named SmartMC II chipset.
- (Windows XP, 2000, Millennium): the phone line may be disconnected if a DVD/CD-ROM drive is configured to PIO mode (the default on some systems) and is in use. Configure to DMA mode (Device Manager, usually IDE ATA/ATAPI Channels, Primary and/or Secondary channel). Extra info: PIO is an old transfer-mode which ties up the CPU whilst moving data bit-by-bit across the computer bus; DMA uses a DMA-controller to rapidly shift blocks of data in parallel with the CPU, and was explicitly designed to solve the congestion problems caused by PIO transfers.
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