Agere introduces the SV92U2, a Universal Serial Bus (USB)-based modem chipset that makes it possible to reduce desktop PC bus sizes by 80% by eliminating the need for Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)-based modems. In addition to cost and size reductions, the smaller-sized bus makes it possible to produce easier-to-use PCs for consumers. Using the SV92U2, which is smaller than the size of a dime, Agere offers three USB modem alternatives. The first, configured as an internal modem, makes possible a direct replacement of the PCI modem. The second features an external USB dongle modem for applications that offer the modem as an option. The third offering consists of a USB modem, delivered on a half minicard form factor size, for PCs that house the mini-card architecture. This chip addresses current requirements because of a widespread transition in desktop PCs from PCI bus technology to alternative buses such as USB. The company’s modem chips operate in more than 80 countries including five of the 10 PC manufacturers and numerous original equipment manufacturers.