SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013 - Intel
Corporation today announced a new riser card and interface specification
for ATX family motherboards, intended to reduce the cost to OEMs of
implementing LAN, home networking, audio and modem subsystems widely
used in today's "Connected PCs" for e-home applications. The Communication
and Networking Riser (CNR) Specification is an open industry specification
and defines a scalable motherboard riser card and interface that support
the audio, modem, and network interfaces of core logic chipsets.
"Native networking as a part of every PC
is a key element of our e-home strategy," said Pat Gelsinger, vice president
and general manager of Intel's Desktop Products Group. "The CNR Specification
gives OEMs greater flexibility in platform design and more options in
reconciling PC connectivity features with international certification
processes and manufacturer-specific requirements."
In addition, the CNR Specification can
minimize the potential for electrical noise interference by calling
for the physical separation of noise-sensitive sound and communication
systems from the motherboard.
Solution Lowers Costs
The CNR Specification defines a new riser
solution for ATX, microATX, and FlexATX motherboards and offers system
manufacturers a lower implementation cost for network, audio and modem
subsystems made possible by using industry-standard expansion slots
or proprietary methods. The solution enables system manufacturers and
integrators to configure a number of acceleration options through the
baseline CNR interface.
The specification provides interfaces to
support multichannel audio, V.90 analog modem, telephone line-based
home networking, and 10/100 Ethernet-based networking, as well as expandability
for future technologies. The specification defines the CNR architecture
for both standard and low-profile risers and includes electrical, mechanical,
and thermal requirements of the riser interface.
CNR solutions are intended for implementation
by manufacturers prior to system shipment. For more information, visit
Intel, the world's largest chip maker,
is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications
products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.