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RDK targets low-power wireless mice, keyboards

Posted: 19 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cypress? WirelessUSB LP? reference design kit? RDK? mouse?

WirelessUSB LP RDK

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced a reference design kit that promises to simplify development of wireless mice and keyboards. The WirelessUSB LP Reference Design Kit (RDK) provides designers with illustrative implementations of Cypress's low-power WirelessUSB LP 2.4GHz radio SoC in a mouse, keyboard and bridge system.

The CY4636 RDK, which includes the WirelessUSB protocol for interference immunity, can also be used for development of additional human interface devices (HIDs) such as presenter tools, remote controls, and PC game pads.

According to Cypress, the new RDK includes a compact wireless mouse, a feature-rich wireless keyboard, and a small form-factor bridge, each enabled using Cypress's enCoRe II family of flash MCUs. To further streamline the development process, it also offers kit documentation, hardware schematics, bill of materials, development tools, and flexible firmware for adding customized features. Manufacturers can easily copy the reference designs exactly, and only need to add enclosures to produce ready-to-ship devices, the company explained. The designs do not require any special USB drivers.

"The RDK's extremely low-component wireless keyboard, mouse, and dongle are enabled by utilizing Cypress's enCoRe II family of flash MCUs and WirelessUSB LP," said Marcus Kramer, director of Cypress's HID Business Unit. "It makes it easier than ever to quickly produce low-cost and low-power plug-and-play wireless devices that take full-advantage of the extremely robust WirelessUSB LP 2.4-GHz solution."

The CY4636 RDK is currently available and priced at $199.

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