Approved FireWire chipsets for FireStudio™-series

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Approved FireWire chipsets for
­FireStudio™-series interfaces and
­StudioLive™ mixers
Release date: July 25, 2012
PreSonus FireStudio-series interfaces and StudioLive mixers work with a wide range
of FireWire cards and configurations. Due to the plethora of FireWire chipsets currently
on the market, it is not possible to thoroughly test each one for compatibility. Most users
will not need to alter their current computer configuration to use their FireStudio-series
interface.
Please note: This document supersedes previous compatibility documents released by
PreSonus on our Web site and in our user manuals. Many manufacturers have changed
their chipset designs. This document reflects those changes.
The following FireWire chipsets are available on a wide range of motherboards and
FireWire adapter cards:
Manufacturer
Chipset
Configuration Type
LSI (Agere)
FW321
PCI, Laptop Mainboard
LSI (Agere)
FW322
PCI, Laptop Mainboard
LSI (Agere)
FW323
PCI, Laptop Mainboard
LSI (Agere)
FW643
PCI Express, ExpressCard|34, Motherboard, Laptop
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB43AB21A
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB43AA22
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB43AB22
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB43AB22A
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB43AB23
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TI TSB82AA2 +
TI TSB81BA3
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB82AA2B
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB83AA22A
PCI, Cardbus, Mainboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
TSB83AA23
PCI, Cardbus, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
XIO2200
PCI Express, ExpressCard|34, ExpressCard|54, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
XIO2200A
PCI Express, ExpressCard|34, ExpressCard|54, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
XIO2213
PCI Express, ExpressCard|34, ExpressCard|54, Motherboard
Texas Instruments (TI)
XIO2213B
PCI Express, ExpressCard|34, ExpressCard|54, Motherboard
VIA
VT6315/
VT6330
PCI Express, ExpressCard|34, ExpressCard|54, Motherboard
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Here is a list of manufacturers and models of PCI, PCI Express (PCI-e), ExpressCard|34, ExpressCard|54, and PCMCIA FireWire cards using approved FireWire chipsets
that have been tested by the PreSonus QA team:
Vendor
Format
Part #
1394b
1394a 1394 Chipset
Aaxeon
PCIe x1 Card
FWB-68300
4
-
TI XIO2213B
StarTech
PCI Card
PCI1394MP
-
3
TSB43AB23
Belkin
PCI Card
F5U623-APL
3
-
TI TSB81BA3
+ TSB82AA2
StarTech
PCI Card
PCI1394B_3
2
1
TI 3AA651W
SIIG
PCI Card
NN-44012-S8
-
3
TI TSB43AB23
SIIG
PCI Card
NN-831012-S2
3
-
TI TSB81BA3
+ TSB82AA2
Belkin
PCI Card
F5U503V
-
3
TI TSB43AB23
Syba /
IO Crest
ExpressCard|34
SD-EXPC34-2F
-
2
TI XIO2200
Sonnet
ExpressCard|34
FW800-E34
2
-
TI XIO2213
StarTech
ExpressCard|34
EC13942
-
2
TI XIO2200A
StarTech
ExpressCard|34
EC1394B2
2
-
TI - XIO2213A
SIIG
ExpressCard|34
NN-EC2012-S2
-
2
TI XIO2200
SIIG
ExpressCard|34
NN-EC2012-S1
-
2
VIA VT6315
StarTech
PCie x1
PEX1394B3
2
1
LSI/Agere FW643
This document will be updated as recommendations for different cards become
available.
Here is a list of PCI, PCI Express (PCI-e), ExpressCard|34, ExpressCard|54, and PCMCIA FireWire card models that use approved FireWire chipsets. Although these cards
have not been tested by the PreSonus QA team, they use the same, or similar, configurations to cards that have been tested. Because of this, PreSonus is confident that they are
compatible with our FireWire products.
Vendor
Format
Part #
1394b
1394a
1394 Chipset
Notes
ADS
PCI
API-315
-
3
TI TSB41AB3
No Longer Made
APIOtek
ExpressCard|34
EC-0002C
2
TI XIO 2200A
APIOtek
ExpressCard|34
EC-002A
-
2
TI XIO 2200A
Belkin
PCIe
F5U504
-
3
TI XIO2200
Best
Connectivity
ExpressCard|34
SD-EXP30012
-
2
VIA VT6315
CoolGear
CardBus
B004FJRPSM
-
2
TI TSB43AB2
Dawicontrol
PCI
DC-1394 PCI
-
3
TI TSB43AB23
Europe Only
Dawicontrol
PCIe
DC-FW800 PCIe
2
1
TI XIO2213A
Europe Only
Dawicontrol
PCIe
DC-1394 PCIe
-
3
TI XIO 2200A
Europe Only
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Dawicontrol
PCI
DC-FW800 PCI
2
1
TI TSB82AA2 +
TI TSB81BA3
Europe Only
Dawicontrol
ExpressCard|34
DC-FW800 eCard
2
-
TI TSB82AA2 +
TI TSB81BA3
Europe Only
Dawicontrol
ExpressCard|34
DC-1394 eCard
-
2
TI XIO2200A
Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCI
89 167
2
-
TI TSB82AA2 +
TI TSB81BA3
Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCI
89 234
2
1
TI TSB43AB23
Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCI
89196
-
3
TI TSB43AB23
Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
61586
2
1
LSI/Agere FW643 Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
61643
3
-
LSI/Agere FW643 Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
89208
4
-
LSI/Agere FW643 Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
89210
3
-
TI XIO2213B
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
61586
2
1
LSI/Agere FW643 Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
89121
-
2
TI TSB43AB23
Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
89172
-
2
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
DeLock/
Tragant
PCIe
89202
-
2
TI XIO2200A
Europe Only
DIGITUS
PCIe
DS-30203
2
1
TI XIO2213
Europe Only
DIGITUS
ExpressCard|34
DS-31202
-
2
TI XIO2200
Europe Only
ExSys
PCIe
EX-16415
3
1
TI XIO2213
Europe Only
ExSys
PCIe
EX-16415-L
3
1
TI XIO2213
Europe Only
3
TI TSB43AB22A
+
TI TSB81BA3
Europe Only
1
TI TSB43AB22A
+
TI TSB81BA3
Europe Only
-
TI TSB43AB22A
+
TI TSB81BA3
Europe Only
Europe Only
ExSys
ExSys
ExSys
PCI
PCI
PCI
EX-6410
EX-6411
EX-6503E
-
2
3
Europe Only
ExSys
Cardbus
EX-6601E
2
1
TI TSB43AB22A
+
TI TSB81BA3
ExSys
PC Express
EX-6701
2
-
TI XIO2213
Europe Only
ExSys
PCIe
EX-16440
-
2
TI XIO2200A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCIe
EX-16450
-
2
TI XIO2200A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCIe
EX-16500E
-
4
TI TSB43AB23
Europe Only
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ExSys
PCIe
EX-16501E
-
4
TI TSB43AB23
Europe Only
ExSys
PCIe
EX-16502E
-
2
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6440
-
3
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6450
-
3
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6500E
-
4
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6502E
-
2
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6506E
-
3
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6507E
-
2
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6508E
-
2
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6509E
-
2
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
PCI
EX-6514E
-
4
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
ExSys
CardBus
EX-6605E
-
2
TI TSB43AB22A
Europe Only
FireWire
Direct
ExpressCard|34
NAVCBFW8EC
2
-
TI XIO2213
FireWire
Direct
CardBus
10.803
2
1
TI TSB81BA3
+ TSB82AA2
FireWire
Direct
PCIe
NAVPCIEFW8002X
3
3
TI XIO2213
FireWire
Direct
PCIe
NAVPCIEFW800
2
2
TI XIO2213
FireWire
Direct
PCIe
NAVPCIESATFW
3
-
TI XIO2213
Koutech
ExpressCard|34
1002E
-
2
TI XIO2200
Other
World
Computing
ExpressCard|34
EXPC342F
-
2
TI XIO2200
Other
World
Computing
ExpressCard|34
EXPC342F1U
-
2
TI XIO2200
Rain
Computers
ExpressCard|34
Express Card
-
2
TI XIO2200
SIIG
ExpressCard|34
NN-000042-S2
2
-
TI XIO2213B
SIIG
PCI
NN-40012-S8
-
3
TI TSB43AB23
SIIG
CardBus
NN-8CB212-S1
1
1
TI TSB81BA3
+ TSB82AA2
SIIG
PCIe
NN-E20112-S2
-
2
TI XIO2200A
SIIG
PCIe
NN-E38012-S3
2
1
TI XIO2213
SIIG
ExpressCard|54
NN-EC2812-S2
1
1
TI XIO2213B
SIIG
CardBus
NN-PC8312-S2
2
1
TI TSB81BA3
+ TSB82AA2
SIIG
CardBus
NN-PCM222-S4
-
2
TI TSB43AB23
SIIG
CardBus
NN-PCM312-S2
-
3
TI TSB43AB23
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SIIG
Expresscard|34
NN-EC2012-S1
-
2
VIA VT6315
Sonnet
PCIe
FW400A-E
-
3
TI XIO2000
Sonnet
PCI
FW800A
2
1
TI TSB81BA3 +
TSB82AA2
Sonnet
PCIe
FW800-E
3
-
TI XIO2213
Sonnet
PCIe
FW8USB2A-E
3
-
TI XIO2213
Sonnet
PCI
FWUSB2A
-
2
TI XIO2000
Sonnet
PCIe
FWUSB2A-E
-
3
TI XIO2000
Sonnet
ExpressCard|34
FWUSB2-E34
-
2
TI XIO2000
StarTech
ExpressCard|34
EC13941A1B
1
1
LSI/Agere FW643 StarTech
ExpressCard|34
EC13942A2
-
2
VIA VT6315
StarTech
mini-PCIe
MPEX1394B3
2
1
LSI/Agere FW643 StarTech
PCIe
PCI1394MP
-
3
TI TSB43AB23 +
TI-TSB12LV26
StarTech
PCIe
PEX1394B3LP
2
1
LSI/Agere FW643 ST Lab
PCI
F-330
-
4
TI TSB43AB23
ST Lab
PCI
F-161/F-171
2
1
TI TSB882AA2
ST Lab
PCI
F-330
-
3
TI TSB43AB23
ST Lab
PCIe
F-360
-
3
VIA VT6315
ST Lab
PCIe
F-261
-
3
TI XIO22313A
ST Lab
CardBus
C-180
2
1
TI TS82AA2
No Longer Made
ST Lab
ExpressCard|34
C-201
-
2
TI XIO2200AZHH ST Lab
ExpressCard|34
C-410
-
2
VIA VT6315
Syba
ExpressCard|34
SD-EXP30012
-
2
VIA VT6315
Syba / IO
Crest
PCIe
SD-PEX-FWB
2
2
TI TSB82AA2
Ultra
PCI
ULT31883
3
-
TI TSB82AA2
UniBrain
PCIe
FB800e Dual
4
-
LSI FW643-e
UniBrain
PCIe
FireBoard800e
V.2
2
-
LSI FW643-e
UniBrain
PCI
FireBoard-800 V.2 3
-
TSB83AA23
UniBrain
PCI
1205
-
3
TSB83AA23
UniBrain
PCIe
1214
-
2
TI XIO2200A
UniBrain
ExpressCard|34
FireCard 800e
2
-
TI XIO2213A
UniBrain
ExpressCard|34
FireCard 8400e
-
2
TI XIO2200AZHH Vantec
PCI
UGT-FW100
2
1
TI TSB82AA2 +
TI TSB81BA3D
No Longer Made
Vantec
PCIe
UGT-FW200
-
2
VIA VT6315N
Vantec
PCIe
UGT-FW210
2
1
TI XIO2213
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Many of these companies, as well as many more that are not listed, have other FireWire
cards that use various TI or VIA chipsets. However, because the specific chipset used by
these cards has not been provided by their manufacturers, they have not been included in
this list. Stating that a FireWire card uses a “TI” or “VIA” chipset is not enough information for that card to be recommended for use with our products.
Please note: Manufacturers may change chipsets at any time, without warning, so we
recommend that you verify these models.
Thunderbolt Compatibility
Using a Thunderbolt-to-ExpressCard adapter and an ExpressCard|34 FireWire-card
adapter from the “supported” lists in this document will allow a PreSonus FireStudioseries or StudioLive-series interface to work with your Thunderbolt-enabled system.
Manufacturer
Model
Type
Notes
SonnetTech
Echo
ExpressCard
Thunderbolt
Works with recommended FireWire ExpressCard|34
Cards.
Apple has announced its intention to support FireWire with a Thunderbolt adapter;
however at the time this document was created, Apple has yet to make that adapter available for purchase.
Here is an excerpt of ExpressCard|34 cards from the preceding interface lists that will
work with the Echo Thunderbolt Adapter.
Vendor
Format
Part #
1394b
1394a
1394 Chipset
Syba / IO Crest
ExpressCard|34
SD-EXPC34-2F
-
2
TI XIO2200
StarTech
ExpressCard|34
EC13942
-
2
TI XIO2200A
StarTech
ExpressCard|34
EC1394B2
2
-
TI XIO2213A
SIIG
ExpressCard|34
NN-EC2012-S2
-
2
TI XIO2200
SIIG
ExpressCard|34
NN-EC2012-S1
-
2
VIA VT6315
Sonnet
ExpressCard|34
FW800-E34
2
-
TI XIO2213
Incompatible Hardware
Cables
You should only use 1394 cables that are 6.6 feet (2 meters) or shorter. Longer 1394
cables have proven to be problematic, especially in areas where there are high-EMF
sources such as microwaves, power lines in walls, or overhead power lines outside a
studio. To reduce the risk of dropouts, use a heavily shielded 1394 cable.
FireWire Cable Adapters
Using an adapter to change the connector of a 1394 cable is not recommended.
These adapters come in many configurations, such as 9-pin-to-6-pin and 6-pin-to-4pin. We have found that the grounding in these connectors generally is inconsistent or
insufficient, which results in our FireWire devices not being able to sync properly to, or be
detected by, a computer. Please use a cable that is properly configured for your connections.
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FireWire Chipsets
The following FireWire chipsets have been tested and found to be incompatible with
PreSonus FireStudio-series interfaces and StudioLive mixers:
Manufacturer
Chipset
Type
Notes
ALi / Acer
M5251
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
ALi / Acer
M5253
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
ALi / Acer
M5271
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
JMB381
PCI Express,
ExpressCard|34,
Mainboard
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. JMicron chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
JMB382
PCI Express,
ExpressCard|34,
Mainboard
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. JMicron chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
JMicron
JMB8383
PCI Express,
ExpressCard|34,
Mainboard
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. JMicron chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
NEC
D72870
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
NEC
D72871
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
NEC
D72872
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
NEC
D72873
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
PCI Express
This card has limited functionality. If the listed
amount of playback channels is exceeded, or if there
is other significant traffic on the bus (DV cam, hard
drive, etc.), the card will fail and will not work until
after a reboot:
48 channels at 44.1 or 48 kHz, 24 channels at 88.2
or 96 kHz
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
JMicron
JMicron
NEC
Ricoh
Ricoh
D72874
R5C551
R5C552
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Ricoh
Ricoh
Ricoh
Ricoh
Ricoh
Ricoh
Ricoh
Ricoh
R5C553
R5C803
R5C832
R5C833
R5C847
R5C853
R5U230
R5U231
PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI Express
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI Express
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI Express
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI Express
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI Express
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI Express
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface.
PCI Express
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly. Ricoh chipsets are found on laptops and
motherboards as an embedded interface
PCI Express
Only found on laptops and desktop as an embedded
interface. Customers have reported having limited
success up to 16 tracks before dropouts start to
occur.
Ricoh
R5U241
Texas Inst
TSB12LV21A PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
Texas Inst
TSB12LV21B PCI
This chipset drops data packets, resulting in devices
being unable to sync, play and/or record audio
properly.
• ATI Radeon 9000/9001 IGP Video Chipset. Symptoms are consistent clicks and pops
during audio playback. This video chipset is only found in PC laptops and is entirely
integrated as the computer’s only video controller. PreSonus strongly recommends that
users do not purchase a system with this chipset for use with a FireStudio interface or
StudioLive mixer.
• Motherboards with nForce4 Chipset. Symptoms include reduced to very poor performance, especially if using the onboard FireWire connection. It is highly recommend
that users do not purchase a system with this motherboard.
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VIA Chipsets
The following devices are shown by the OHCI Tool from TC to be compatible; however,
we have found that while they do provide better than basic functionality, the overall performance of the interface suffers when track counts and plug-in usage exceed 16 stereo
tracks. Therefore, we recommend that these cards only be used for minimal needs and
suggest that you use a recommended interface, as shown on page 1 of this document.
VIA
VT6306
PCI, Cardbus,
Motherboards,
Laptops
This controller has been verified to work with limited
capability. On some older motherboards, it may only
support a limited number of audio channels.
VIA
VT6307
PCI, Cardbus,
Motherboards,
Laptops
This controller has been verified to work with limited
capability. On some older motherboards, it may only
support a limited number of audio channels.
VIA
VT6308
PCI, Cardbus,
Motherboards,
Laptops
This controller has been verified to work with limited
capability. On some older motherboards, it may only
support a limited number of audio channels.
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