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Cypress teams up with Agilent for reference design kit

Posted: 19 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cypress semiconductor? wirelessusb? ls keyboard/mouse reference design kit? cy4632? human interface device?

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. unveiled its WirelessUSB LS Keyboard/Mouse Reference Design Kit (CY4632) that enables manufacturers of PC Human Interface Devices (HIDs) to quickly go to market with a 2.4GHz WirelessUSB-based design.

Cypress collaborated with Agilent Technologies Inc. to develop the reference design kit. The kit combines Cypress's WirelessUSB LS radio SoC and enCoRe (Enhanced Component Reduction) USB low speed controller with Agilent's ADNS-2030 3.3V low power optical mouse sensor to implement a USB-certified, 2.4GHz wireless keyboard, mouse and dongle system.

"The WirelessUSB LS Keyboard/Mouse Reference Design Kit provides a very low component count, low cost implementation of a 2.4GHz PC HID platform using WirelessUSB technology," stated Norm Taffe, managing director of the wireless business unit in Cypress's Personal Communications Division.

The new reference design kit contains a WirelessUSB optical mouse that incorporates technologies from both companies to enable a low-latency of below 4ms and smooth cursor performance. Also included is a multimedia keyboard that does not drop keystrokes in a heavily crowded, 2.4GHz environment. No custom software drivers are required.

In addition to hardware, the CY4632 solution contains a software utility that displays a battery power/signal strength indicator and NUM, SCROLL and CAPS LOCK from the users' system tray to eliminate the need for dedicated LEDs. It also features technical documentation, including RF hardware layout files and radio protocol firmware to help PC HID manufacturers tailor the solution to their own requirements.

The WirelessUSB LS Keyboard Mouse Reference Design Kit is priced at $199 (MSRP) and is available through Cypress' sales offices and via the web.

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