Cypress introduced the industry’s first personal computer motherboard clock generator that supports multiple processors and chipsets. Cypress’s new Universal Clock Generator supplies timing signals for both Intel® P4 processors and AMD K8 and next-generation processors, along with multiple chipsets from Intel, VIA, and SiS. Users can choose the processor and chipset to support through pin selections on the device. Samples of the new devices are available now, with full production expected later this month.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), a world leader in timing technology
solutions, today introduced the industry’s first personal computer motherboard
clock generator that supports multiple processors and chipsets. Cypress’s new
Universal Clock Generator supplies timing signals for both Intel® P4 processors
and AMD K8 and next-generation processors, along with multiple chipsets from
Intel, VIA, and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS). Users can choose the processor
and chipset to support through pin selections on the device.
The new CY28551 device offers a number of advantages over clock solutions
designed specifically for a processor and chipset combination. Motherboard
manufacturers can greatly simplify their inventory requirements, and can make
adjustments to their product mix without the need for a different clock if a
chipset or processor is in short supply. In addition, designers can transfer the
same design and layout from one system to another using the new universal clock,
reducing risk and saving design time and resources.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc., the world’s leading provider of motherboards and
notebooks, worked with Cypress on the design of the new clock. ASUSTeK offered
motherboard expertise, helping Cypress to define the part for maximum
flexibility and performance.
"We have seen convergence in clock architectures supporting multiple chipsets
and platforms, driven by newer standards such as PCI Express," said S.Y. Shian,
associate vice president of ASUSTeK. "The Universal Clock is a versatile
solution that leverages this trend, easing the process of board layout,
termination and impedance matching over a variety of platforms. As the worldwide
leader in motherboards, ASUSTeK is taking advantage of these features with new
boards in development today."
"The motherboard expertise and market knowledge of ASUSTeK was instrumental in
bringing this innovative solution to market," said Geoff Charubin, managing
director of Cypress’s PC Clock business unit. "We’d like to thank ASUSTeK for
its collaboration, and we look forward to a strong partnership as ASUSTeK brings
leading-edge motherboards to market utilizing the Universal Clock."
The combinations of processors and chipsets supported by the Universal Clock
Intel 965(G, GC, GF, P), 948 ________
VIA PT890, PT890 Pro, PM890 K8M890, K8T890Pro, K8T890, K8T900,
SiS 656, 656(FX, MX), 662, 670, 649MX 756FX, 761GX, 770
The new device offers a variety of features, including:
· Easy configuration via hardware strapping
· Low power consumption for laptop applications
· Overclocking support for end-user modifications
· Low-power differential buffers for lower noise and better performance
· Watchdog timer with system reset for auto-reboot
"The Universal Motherboard Clock is a solution that showcases our strengths in
this market segment-system expertise, a broad and deep technical base, and
excellent customer relationships," said Elie Ayache, Cypress’s marketing
director for PC Clocks. "Working with a leader such as ASUSTeK has enabled us to
introduce a ground-breaking product that meets the needs of next-generation PC
The Universal Clock is offered in a 64-pin QFN package (CY28551) and a 56-pin
QFN (CY28551-3). High-volume pricing will be competitive with clocks designed
specifically for processor/chipset combinations. Samples of the new devices are
available now, with full production expected later this month. A high-resolution
image of the new product can be downloaded at www.cypress.com/universal-clock-photo.