Intersil: a modem Chipset Manufacturer
Usage: To find a modem chipset Family (then the modem).
All drivers, downloads & info on this site are found via the modem.
Each Modem Manufacturers’ page also has external web-links, where available.
- Intersil is one of the manufacturers that supply modem chipsets--the technical heart of what makes a modem a modem. Few of these manufacturers supply modems to the public (their business is with other businesses) yet they manufacture & supply many modems, known as “Reference Designs”, “Evaluation Boards”, or other names. Because of this, Intersil is also listed on this site as a modem manufacturer, although the modem names are often very obscure.
The businesses that receive the Reference Designs then often produce absolute copies of the original design as their own retail modems. This fact means that the chipset manufacturers’ Reference Drivers (for the Reference Designs) will work with almost every modem with the same chipset, and allows the chipset manufacturers to offer drivers on the web. The same fact also allows these chipset- and chipset family-pages on this site to be an excellent way of comparing drivers or info between all modems that use the same chipset. The only catch, of course, is that you need a good technical knowledge to find the chipset directly. Use the Identification pages if you have any problems with this.
- It’s as well to put in a cautionary note about the difference between Drivers and Firmware. They seem related, and the two terms are often used (or misused) in the same breath. They are chalk & cheese, however. For a start, one is safe & the other can be dodgy...
Drivers are for the Operating System of the host computer and are usually safe--the absolute worst that can happen with a wrong driver is that the OS may need to be re-installed, but this would not affect the modem in any way.
Firmware (the so-called Flash) is completely local to the modem and unrelated to the computer’s OS. The absolute worst that can happen with wrong firmware is that the modem will be permanently rendered useless, but this would not affect the computer OS in any way.
With modern analog modems selling for just a few pound Sterling, of course, opinions as to which of these two is the safe one & which the dodgy may vary.
- Page Organisation
- The chipsets are organised in the following hierarchy:
>> Chipset Family Type e.g. Soft Modems
>> >> Chipset Family e.g. V.92 Soft Modem
>> >> >> Chipset e.g. DFT V.92 Soft Modem (FCC)
Many (not all) drivers will work for any chipset in the Family, so every modem with a driver and/or other information is shown for both the Chipset Family as well as the Chipset itself. Do remember that some modem mfcs customise their models so that only their drivers will work with their modem. The unknown-modem search & EEPROM links (modem sheets) are provided for these modems.
- It is also possible to search across this entire site using Google:
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