USB dongle eases Bluetooth printing - Embedded.com

USB dongle eases Bluetooth printing

Cambridge, UK — An ad hoc Bluetooth connectivity design for off-the-shelf USB-enabled peripherals has been jointly developed by CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), and Cypress Semiconductor.

It enables USB Bluetooth printer dongle design with a total bill of materials of under $15, bringing together CSR's BlueCore Bluetooth chipset and Cypress's USB On-The-Go (OTG) semiconductor technology

The printer dongle design allows standard USB-enabled printers to receive and print Bluetooth data from laptops — or eventually PDAs, digital cameras or mobile phones — without turning on the printer's host PC.

The design will be extended to other USB peripherals, such as storage devices, web cams and audio speakers.

Volume quantities of products featuring this technology are expected to be available before the end of this year. The CSR and Cypress USB-to-Bluetooth dongle plugs into standard USB printer ports, and the technology may eventually be integrated into printer designs.

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