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Cypress' USB 2.0 programmable MCU measures 5-by-5mm

Posted: 17 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cypress semiconductor? usb 2.0? programmable microcontroller? mcu? ez-usb fx2lp?

USB 2.0 programmable MCU

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. unveiled what it touts as the world's smallest high-speed USB 2.0 programmable microcontroller. The new EZ-USB FX2LP controller is housed in a 56-ball VFBGA (Very Fine Pitch Ball Grid Array) package that measures 5-by-5mm with 0.5mm ball pitch. This device, with its diminutive package and the EZ-USB LP family's low power specifications, is designed for implementing high-speed USB in small-form-factor and/or battery-powered applications such as mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs and webcams.

According to the company, the EZ-USB LP family takes advantage of advanced process technology developed by Cypress to slash dynamic and standby power consumption by nearly 50 percent versus leading competitors. As a result of the low dynamic power, peripherals using the new devices can operate from the power of the USB bus. The low standby current enables portable USB applications to significantly extend battery life. "The new VFBGA package for the EZ-USB FX2LP highlights our focus on serving the growing consumer electronics market and demonstrates the expertise of our packaging engineering team," commented Steven Larky, managing director of Cypress's USB product line.

The EZ-USB FX2LP has typical current consumption of 50mA, enabling peripherals to enumerate at well below the 100mA USB-IF bus power specification to offer ample power margins to implement additional features. Competing solutions typically consume 80mA to 110mA.

Featuring a data rate of 480Mbps, 16KB of on-chip memory and up to 40 programmable I/Os, the device is a fully integrated peripheral controller, including an 8051 microprocessor, a serial interface engine, a high-speed USB 2.0 transceiver, on-chip RAM and FIFO and a general programmable interface. Its architecture handles all basic USB functions, enabling the host system's microprocessor to focus on application-specific functions and ensuring sustained high-performance data transfer rates, added Cypress.

The EZ-USB FX2LP (CY7C68013A-56BAXC/CY7C68014A-56BAXC) devices are USB-IF certified and in full production In addition to the 56-ball VFBGA, this product EZ-USB FX2LP is offered in 100- and 128-pin TQFP and 56-pin QFN and SSOP packages. Pricing in high volumes for the EZ-USB FX2LP starts at as low as $2.95. The company also offers the CY3684 EZ-USB FX2LP development kit to facilitate the design process and help speed time-to-market for customers. Priced at $495, it is available for download at Cypress' On-line Store.

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