Transdimension Partners with Accelent Systems To Offer USB On-The-Go Developer Kits For Intel XScale And StrongARM Application Processors

9/3/2002 - TransDimension and Accelent Systems announced an alliance to use TransDimension's OTG243 USB On-The-Go (OTG) Host/Peripheral controller with Accelent's IDP - Integrated Development Platforms. TransDimension will use Accelent's IDP platforms as a demonstration and development tool for potential customers requiring OTG functionality under specific operating systems and processors.

TransDimension has developed USB OTG controller drivers and stacks for the OTG243 controller. These technologies will be made available for Accelent's IDP platforms based on Microsoft Windows CE 3.0/CE .NET and Linux operating systems enabled with Intel StrongARM SA1110 and Intel PXA250 applications processors.

This agreement will augment TransDimension's long list of operating systems and microprocessors supported to demonstrate the capabilities of the OTG243 USB OTG Host/Peripheral controller, thus enabling their customers to easily and quickly add USB OTG connectivity to their end-products, such as digital still cameras, PDA's, smart phones and other mobile products.

TransDimension is the market leader in embedded USB host and USB On-The-Go technology, and SoftConnex, a subsidiary and separate business unit of TransDimension, provides the only market proven embedded USB 1.1 and 2.0 host stacks and a wide range of class drivers.

According to Albert McCabe, EVP of sales and marketing for Accelent Systems, "TransDimension has shown a real commitment to developing hardware incorporating their OTG243 and UHC124 USB controllers to complement our IDP platforms. We are excited to see the level of interest and commitment that vendors, such as TransDimension, are placing in our IDP's. We anticipate this trend to continue with hopes of making our IDP platform the defacto standard for developing today's leading embedded devices."

"Accelent's IDP was developed to speed the embedded device development cycle. Together, with Intel high performance processors and Microsoft and Linux operating systems, a feature rich and cost effective development platform allows TransDimension to provide customers with a tool to quickly develop their own application specific designs and bring a product to market in the least amount of time," said David Murray, Vice President of Marketing for TransDimension."

Pricing and Availability
The USB Developer Kit is currently available through TransDimension sales at a price of $499 for the evaluation module, associated USB software and documentation.

About USB On-The-Go
USB On-The-Go (OTG), a supplement to the USB 2.0 specification, eliminates the current limitation in USB that requires a PC to act as host and exchange data for its connected devices. Today, more than 1.1 billion peripheral devices are designed with USB ports, making USB the dominant I/O connectivity standard in the market. However, the greatest limitation of USB today is the fact that it does not allow point-to-point communication between devices and therefore has not been widely adopted by consumer electronic devices, such as mobile phones and PDA's. As these devices are gaining in popularity and intelligence, the requirement for a direct connection to each other is also growing. The answer to this requirement is the released standard called USB On-The-Go.

About TransDimension (
Headquartered in Irvine, California, TransDimension is a privately held company founded in 1997 to develop and market embedded and mobile connectivity and expansion solutions based on intelligent USB and Bluetooth technologies. TransDimension's product lines include integrated circuits, IP cores, software stacks and development tools that enable direct wired and wireless interconnectivity and I/O for a wide range of applications and mobile devices that until now have required an indirect means, such as a PC host, to exchange data. SoftConnex, an independent subsidiary of TransDimension, delivers a complete software solution for the USB embedded market. Their flagship product, USBLink Host, provides the broadest platform support and the largest library of class drivers available for the embedded market.

About Accelent Systems (
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Accelent Systems, as a leading enabler of embedded devices, provides proven solutions for rapidly developing robust Microsoft Windows CE 3.0/CE .NET, Pocket PC 2002, Smartphone 2002, Linux and ARM processor based products. With its system software, development platforms and professional services, Accelent provides its customers with a means to expedite time-to-market at less cost and risk than traditional development methods.

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