Cypress, NMB to Develop WirelessUSB Keyboard and Mouse Solutions

4/29/2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY), the industry leader in USB technology, and NMB Technologies Corporation, the world’s number one keyboard manufacturer, announced that they have signed an agreement to develop wireless keyboard and mouse solutions based on Cypress’s WirelessUSBTM technology.

The Cypress CY694X solution enables manufacturers of human-interface devices (HID)—including PC mice, keyboards and gaming consoles—to “cut the cord,” maximizing performance while minimizing power requirements.

“WirelessUSB offers the right combination of speed, low power, and cost efficiency that our customers demand,” said Chuck Fauble, Director of Engineering for NMB Technologies’ Keyboard Division. “Our strategy is to offer this design as a significant part of our wireless product line to OEMs in the PC and other consumer markets.”

“We are very gratified to be working with an industry leader like NMB, which immediately recognized the value of WirelessUSB,” said Norm Taffe, Cypress’s Managing Director of wireless products. “WirelessUSB is a breakthrough technology that is inexpensive and simple to install and use. We believe it will become a key driver in accelerating consumer demand for wireless mice and keyboards.”

Operating at 2.4 GHz, the CY694X can connect as many as seven devices up to 10 meters (30 feet) apart, making WirelessUSB an ideal solution for PC keyboards and mice. In addition, WirelessUSB’s speed is an unbeatable solution for the gaming industry - with an average latency of less than 8 milliseconds with four concurrent devices connected, WirelessUSB stands up to even the most rigorous gaming environments.

The CY694X, winner of EDN Magazine’s 2002 “Innovation of the Year” award, makes it possible to use multiple WirelessUSB devices in crowded offices and classrooms without fear of interference between devices. Advanced power management enables batteries to last up to six months in typical keyboard applications. Bi-directional communication makes it possible to encrypt transmitted data, ensuring a high level of security. Cypress’s WirelessUSB products require few external components, reducing design time and complexity and speeding time to market.

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First MileTM with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress ConnectsTM using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including Bluetooth, USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions, and programmable microcontrollers. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

About NMB Technologies Corporation
NMB Technologies Corp. is a subsidiary of NMB (USA) Inc., the North American headquarters and operating center of the Minebea Group of companies. As the world’s number one keyboard manufacturer, NMB has a well-established reputation for quality, service, and innovation. NMB’s keyboard division offers a wide range of standard and custom products. NMB Technologies Corp. also offers its customers a full line of cooling solutions, miniature precision bearings, audio components, step and spindle motors, mechanical assemblies, fluid bearings, and automotive components. For additional information, visit

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. “Connectivity from Last Mile to First Mile,” “Cypress Connects”, WirelessUSB, EZ-USB FX2, EZ-USB SX2, EZ-USB TX2, and TetraHub are trademarks of Cypress.

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