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     superio — Super I/O controller and bus driver


     To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following line in your kernel
     configuration file:

           device superio

     Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in



     Super I/O is an I/O controller that combines various low-bandwidth devices that can be
     functionally unrelated otherwise.  A typical Super I/O can contain devices such as
        a floppy disk controller
        a parallel port
        a serial port
        a PS/2 mouse and keyboard controller
        a hardware monitoring controller
        a watchdog timer
        a controller for general purpose input-output

     The superio driver provides support for devices residing in the Super I/O controller that
     can only be accessed or discovered using the controller's interface.  Some of the Super I/O
     devices have standardized interfaces.  Such devices either use well-known legacy resources
     or they are advertised via ACPI or both.  They can be configured either using ISA bus hints
     or they are auto-configured by acpi(4).  The superio driver is not designed to interact with
     that kind of devices.  They can be handled by their respective drivers without any knowledge
     of the Super I/O specifics.  For instance, fdc(4) provides access to the floppy disk

     There are other Super I/O devices that do not have any standardized interface.  Drivers for
     those devices can be written using facilities of the superio driver.

     The driver itself attaches to the ISA bus as all supported controllers are accessed via LPC
     I/O ports.

     The superio driver is unusual as it is both a controller driver for a variety of Super I/O
     controllers and a bus driver for supported devices in those controllers.


     The superio driver supports a multitude of Super I/O controllers produced by Nuvoton,
     formerly known as Winbond, and ITE.




     The superio driver was written by Andriy Gapon <>.