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Subject: Re: Some USB 2.0 questions

Re: Some USB 2.0 questions

From: Andrew Jamieson <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 07:10:59 +1100

There are only two OEM USB controller chips on the market AFAIK, the NEC one
and a VIA one. Both conform to the EHCI spec, and therefore (I would
imagine) would run with the Linux EHCI driver module.

However, if you get the chance to choose, go the NEC chip. Not only is it a
more robust implementation of the spec, the VIA chip tends to be used in
cheaper implementations where the USB board layout guidelines are not so
strictly adhered to ....


----- Original Message -----
From: "Warren 'Llama' Ernst" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 5:08 AM
Subject: Re: Some USB 2.0 questions

> >>Does USB 2.0 require different (improved?) cables than 1.1?
> Assuming the cable is better than "throwaway" quality, any cable will
> work fine.
> >>I have a Sitecom CN-014 USB 2.0 card. Has anyone been successful to
> >>get this card going with Linux?
> I haven't found a USB 2.0 card that ISN'T based on the NEC chipset (even
> PCMCIA USB 2.0 host adapter cards), and the vast majority of PCI cards
> follow the same reference design too.
> -Warr

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