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mLAN Chipsets

This page is provided as a service to the mLAN (and other firewire audio) community in an attempt to document what firewire cards work for professional audio and what don't.

Many firewire chipsets appear to take shortcuts or do not adhere to the standards properly, particularly when it comes to Isynchronous Channels.

If you have any updates to the firewire cards on this page, or know of some firewire cards that we've missed, please use the contact us form, to let us know, and we'll update the table.

Desktop Cards

Card Chipset/Card ID Form ISOC Channels Does it Work
Adaptec AFW4300 AGERE PCI 4? Yes - though other chipsets may not work.
Adaptec AFW4300D NEC PCI 4 Yes
Belkin F5U501-APL AGERE FW323-05 PCI? 8 Unknown
Belkin F5U502 AGERE FW323-05 PCI 8 Yes
D-Link DFW-500 VIA VT6306 PCI? 8 Unknown
IO-DATA 1394-PCI3 VIA VT6306 PCI? 8 Unknown
Logitec LHA-1394V VIA VT6306 PCI? 8 Unknown
MAXTOR 1394 PCIAdapterCard AGERE FW323-04 PCI? 8 Unknown
MELCO IFC-ILP4 VIA VT6306 PCI? 8 Unknown
SIIG NN300012 VIA VT6306 PCI 8 Yes
TEKRAM TR-1394W AGERE FW323-05 PCI? 8 Unknown
IO-DATA CB1394L VIA VT6306 PCI? 8 Unknown
  LSI (Agere) FW 643 ? 8 Unknown, but should work
Unibrain Fireboard Red VIA 6306 rev. 46 PCI 8 Unknown
Unibrain Fireboard 800 LSI PCIe 8? Unknown
Unibrain Fireboard Blue ? PCI 4 Unknown
SUNIX FWB3100 TI 64bit PCI Unknown (Probably 4) Unknown
SUNIX FWB3110 TI 64bit PCI Unknown (Probably 4) Unknown (S400 & S800)
SUNIX FWB2010G LSI FW323 32bit PCI Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown (S400)
SUNIX FWA3010G LSI FW323 32bit PCI Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown (S400)
SUNIX FWA3010GP LSI FW323 32bit PCI Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown (S400) Powered version of the card above
SUNIX FWA3010GL LSI FW323 32bit PCI Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown (S400) Low profile version of above card
SUNIX FWA3414G LSI FW533 PCIe Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown (S400)
SUNIX FWB3414G LSI FW643 PCIe Unknown (probably 8) Unknown (S800 +S400)
SUNIX FWB3414 TI XIO2000, TSB81BA3, TSB82AA2 PCIe Unknown (Probably 4) Unknown (S800 + S400)
SUNIX FWA2414 TI XIO2200 PCIe Unknown (Probably 4) Unknown (S400)

Laptop Cards

Card Chipset/Card ID Form ISOC Channels Does it Work?
Adaptec AFW1430 Procomps - In Driver Setup
NEC - In Device Manager
PCMCIA 4 Yes
Adaptec AFW1430A TI PCMCIA 4 Unknown
Belkin F5U505 TI XIO2200 Express Card 34 4 Yes
Belkin F5U514 Unknown Express Card 34 Unknown Unknown
SIIG NN-EC2812-S1 Unknown Express Card 54 Unknown Unknown
SIIG NN-EC2012-S1 Unknown Express Card 34 Unknown Unknown
SIIG NN-000042-S1 Unknown Express Card 34 Unknown Unknown (FW800)
SYBA SD-EXPC34-2F TI XIO2200 Express Card 34 Unknown (probably 4) Unknown
Xterasys E94A Unknown Express Card 54 Unknown Unknown - potential issues with Core 2 Processors
Startech.com EC13942 Unknown Express Card 34 Unknown Unknown
SIIG NN-EC2822-S1 Unknown Express Card 34 Unknown No S400 Port
ATEN PC220 ATEN - in Driver Setup PCMCIA 4 No
SUNIX ECB2400G LSI PCI-Express Express Card 34 8 Yes on Vista. Yes on XP with this driver
SUNIX ECB2400 TI XIO2000, TSB81BA3, TSB82AA2 Express Card 34 Unknown (Probably 4) Unknown (FW800)
SUNIX ECF2400 Unknown Express Card 34 Unknown Unknown
SUNIX CBF3100 TI TSB81BA3 (PHY) & TSB82AA2 (LYNX) Cardbus Unknown Unknown (S800 and S400 ports)
SUNIX CBF3000 VIA VT6306 Cardbus Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown
SUNIX CBF2000 VIA VT6306 Cardbus Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown
SUNIX CBF2000A Agrere FX323 Cardbus (Unknown (Probably 8) Unknown
Best Connectivity PCMC-EX34-2F TI XIO2200 Express Card 34 4 Yes

Onboard Controllers

Computer Chipset/Card ID Form ISOC Channels Does it Work?
NEC Versa P8100 Texas Instruments - In Device Manager
MITAC - In Driver Setup
On board 4 No
NEC Versa M540 VIA - In Device Manager On board 4 No
Fujitsu E8410 Fujitsu - In Driver Setup On board 8 No - regular click about twice a second
Gigabyte K8NF9 Ultra TI 1394b On board 4 Yes
ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Wifi/AP Agere FW322 On board 8 Yes
Dell Studio 15 ? On Board ? No
ASUS P5Q Pro Motherboard ? On Board 8 Yes
HP DV5-1138tx JMicron, 197b Device 2380 On Board 4 Yes