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SMSC has new low-power chip for smartphones

Exterior of SMSC Standard Microsystems Corp. in Hauppauge.

Exterior of SMSC Standard Microsystems Corp. in Hauppauge. (July 26, 2011) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

For tablet computers, smartphones, and other small, mobile electronics, chipmaker SMSC of Hauppauge says it has two new products that can do more while taking up less space and using less power.

The USB3750 and USB3740 are designed for portable, battery-powered high-speed USB 2.0 devices.

SMSC says they can also be used as components of MP3 players, docks, media players, headsets, televisions and industrial products.

"The latest mobile devices, with their reduced size and minimal number of connectors, enable a single port of connectivity for transferring USB data and USB charging," SMSC says in a news release. With only a single access point, SMSC's chip has a high-speed switch allowing two signal paths -- for networking or for battery recharges. 

Jesse Lyles, director of SMSC’s mobile technology solutions product line, says the SMSC chips operate "at speeds of up to double the industry required USB 2.0 bandwidth." 

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