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Wi-Fi PAN IC handles up to 24Mbit/s

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? PAN chip? Bluetooth? short-range wireless?

Pursuing the use of a low-power, short-range version of Wi-Fi to link peripherals to computers, Ozmo Devices Inc. has started sampling its second chip, the OZMO2000.

The OZMO2000 is currently available for use in Wi-Fi mouse, keyboard and remote control designs. The use case is supported by Microsoft's Windows 7 OS.

The Wi-Fi personal area network (PAN) chip supports data rates of up to 24Mbit/s and is suitable for use with mouse and keyboard, as well as for touchscreen applications or integrated video and audio.

The OZMO2000 is compatible with Windows 7 SoftAP as well as Intel's MyWi-Fi Technology. Significantly the OZMO2000 is designed to be compatible with the upcoming Wi-Fi Direct standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance plans this new certification program to be available later in the year.

The OZMO2000 is the first chip to take advantage of Windows 7 SoftAP (Software-based Access Point) functionality to attach peripherals to personal computers, Ozmo claimed. SoftAP is built into every version of Windows 7 and allows Wi-Fi devices to connect directly to notebooks without the need for an access point.

The company claimed that the OZMO2000 offers between two and three times the battery life of a peripheral linked by Bluetooth. It also claims a solution based on OZMO2000 is "cost-effective" when compared with Bluetooth or proprietary 2.4GHz technology.

"Given the nearly 100 percent attach rate of Wi-Fi in notebooks, Ozmo's innovative solution adds new, low-power peripherals to any Windows 7 notebook without increasing the platform cost," said Billy Anders, group program manager, Windows networking at Microsoft.

The wireless mouse market is a key target for the OZMO2000 and Primax Electronics, a Taiwan-based mouse manufacturer, is the first ODM to offer their mouse designs with the OZMO2000. In addition, Ozmo has partnered with keyboard manufacturer NMB Technologies Corp.

Ozmo is providing samples to some customers and volume production is scheduled for Q4. The OZMO2000 is priced at $3 per chip in 10,000-unit quantities.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times





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