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Algor USB Zorro II

Amiga USB Controller for Zorro II

ALGOR is the successor of the well known HIGHWAY Zorro USB controller. After several months of development there is now a Zorro USB controller which is tailormade for Amiga Classic systems. For reaching this goal the most powerful non-PCI USB host controller which is available on the market now is being used.
As much customer requests in this new product as possible have been considered. By using the new controller chip most of the USB protocol handling could be managed completely in hardware which reduces system load in the Amiga multitasking system. This is especially important for systems with 'small' CPUs.
The request for higher data throughput could also be fulfilled. The ALGOR internally operates completely in 32bit technology and it addresses with 32bit accesses on the Zorro II bus. As Amigas usually are operated with 32bit CPUs this implementation reaches data transfer rates on the USB side which are near to the theoretical maximum values. The ALGOR compares by this design with comparable PCI DMA solutions, even if only 'small' CPUs like the 040 are used in the system.
ALGOR is shipped with an OEM full license of the famous USB stack Poseidon by Chris Hodges. The Amiga Award Winner 2002 is completing the ALGOR hardware with a field-tested software solution operating not only on Amiga Classic systems.
ALGOR is offering next to its USB functionality several expansion possibilities. The HIGHWAY expansion port is also present on the ALGOR and can be used to operate the NORWAY ethernet module.
Moreover, a 512kB FlashROM has been integrated on the ALGOR to transparently include the USB stack Poseidon right after a system cold powerup. This allows to boot an ALGOR equipped system right off USB mass storage devices, to use USB mice and keyboards during Early Startup Menu and to include system patches like those from OS3.9.

Technical data:

- extremely fast Zorro II bus interface by atomic 32bit accesses
- compatible with Zorro II / III busses
- compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 specification (no highspeed mode)
- integrated 3 port hub
- all ports are protected against overvoltage and short circuit
- integrated power management
- power saving 3.3V technology
- compatible with all 68030/040/060 and PPC turbo cards
- integrated 512kB FlashROM memory for Poseidon USB stack integration
- bus interface logic can be updated without hardware modifications!
- 38pin expansion header for ethernet module (10MBit) or serial/parallel port expansion (hyperCOM 3i)
- expansion header can be used simultanously with USB operations

Software support:

- compatible with AmigaOS 3.1, 3.5 and 3.9
- USB stack is fully compatible with MorphOS
- integration into Amiga OS via system conform drivers
- comfortable control of USB stack by GUI (MUI)
- driver for USB mouse and keyboard (HID devices), parallel interface
- (printers) and flash card readers (SCSI emulation) are included
- further drivers (webcam, digicam) are available by third companies

Package contens:

1x ALGOR USB controller card
2x holding plates with three USB connectors
1x detailed English installation manual
1x registration card
1x disk with driver software


- Amiga OS 3.1 or higher
- Processor 68030 (25MHz) or higher
- 100% compatible Zorro II / III bus
- power supply with 1.5 Ampere minimum on 5V (each used USB port will use a maximum of 500mA, depending on connected device)

Availability: Product is discontinued, please have a look at its successor: Deneb USB Controller.

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