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Cypress reference kit eases wireless HID designs

Posted: 26 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HID? WirelessUSB? transceiver? Cypress? flash MCU?

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced a reference design kit (RDK) that promises to simplify the design of wireless mice, keyboards and dongles.

The PRoC LP RDK provides easily replicated designs using the company's low-power, Programmable Radio System-on-a-Chip in mouse, keyboard and bridge systems. The single-chip PRoC LP, now in full production, integrates the WirelessUSB LP 2.4GHz transceiver with the enCoRe II 8bit reprogrammable flash MCU.

AgileHID protocol
The CY4672 RDK, which features the company's AgileHID protocol for interference immunity, includes a wireless mouse, a wireless keyboard and a bridge. To further streamline the development process, it also offers kit documentation, hardware schematics, BOM, development tools and flexible firmware for customization. Manufacturers can easily copy the reference designs and only need to add enclosures to produce ready-to-ship devices. The designs also take advantage of Cypress's patented KISSBind buttonless-bind technology, a simple and intuitive method that allows a peripheral to bind to a nearby bridge without pressing a dedicated bind button on either device.

"Not only do our customers benefit from PRoC LP's integrated programmable MCU and robust WirelessUSB radio, but the CY4672 RDK also delivers pre-certified references of full-featured wireless keyboards, mice and dongles to further slash time-to-market," said Matt Branda, senior product marketing manager of Cypress's human interface device business unit.

HotStart support
In addition, the PRoC LP RDK features firmware and hardware support for Microsoft Windows HotStart (Direct Application Launch), a new feature in Vista for launching applications directly from system startup through button presses from input devices.

The CY4672 PRoC LP RDK is currently available and is priced at $279.

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