NEC rolls out Certified Wireless USB chips - Embedded.com

NEC rolls out Certified Wireless USB chips

Santa Clara, Calif.—NEC Electronics Corp. said that its uPD720170 wireless USB host controller for PCI interfaces and uPD720180 Wireless USB device wire adapter (DWA) are among the first products to be certified by the USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF).

NEC Electronics' USB-IF-certified host controller and DWA are designed to make it easy and economical for designers to implement ultra wideband (UWB) wireless technology between USB peripherals and computers or consumer electronics products via a quick relay of data chunks based on Certified Wireless USB technology.

NEC Electronics' uPD720170 host controller supports all eight data transfer rates—from 53.3- to 480-Mbits/s. The uPD720180 DWA chip provides the functionality required by the Certified Wireless USB standard and also enables interoperability with current USB devices. Designers can easily implement a complete system based on Certified Wireless USB technology by combining the two NEC chips.

Certified Wireless USB technology is an extension to the current USB 2.0 standard. It is being touted as the next-generation interface for computers and multimedia consumer electronics. Certified Wireless USB technology delivers data transfer rates up to 480 Mbps, comparable to wired USB 2.0 connections, with a maximum wireless communications range of up to 10 meters.

Pricing: $20 each in sample quantities.
Availability: Sampling.
More information: click here.

NEC Electronics America Inc., 1-408-588-6000, www.am.necel.com

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