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Alereon tools speed creation of Wireless USB apps

Posted: 02 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Alereon Inc. has introduced a Wireless USB tool suite designed to speed the creation of applications and products using the company's Wireless USB chipset technology. The key component of this developer's kit is the company's Compact Flash evaluation board based on Certified Wireless USB. The card's small size and form factor make it suitable for use in the development of portable applications, the company said, such as digital still cameras, MP3 players and PC peripheral products.

"We are committed to the convenience of wireless connectivity for portable electronics and the elimination of the need for standard USB cables by supporting the Certified Wireless USB standard in our chipset," said Alereon CEO Eric Broockman in a statement. "Alereon's tiny developer's tool kit has undergone connectivity testing with the USB-IF's peripheral developer's kit as well as other PC host chipsets. The small and convenient size of our developer's kit makes it easy for our customers to accelerate development of products targeted at portable applications."

The tool suite, based on Certified Wireless USB, includes the following components: Compact Flash Wireless USB Evaluation Board; Wireless USB Developer's Kit; and, Wireless USB Reference Design Kit.

Alereon's Wireless USB device chipset consists of the AL4300 MAC/BBP and the AL4100 RF transceiver. The two chips enable the implementation of a Wireless USB device controller in a highly integrated solution. The MAC/BBP is uniquely designed for wireless embedded applications and devices that demand efficient space and power consumption. Compact Flash+ and SDIO host interfaces enable interconnectivity with almost any host processor. The MAC/BBP is designed to operate over the air at maximum speed while consuming minimal amounts of host processor memory or resources, explained Alereon, allowing easy integration into embedded systems.

The kit will be available to customers starting this month.

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