5/15/2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) - the industry leader in USB - announced that Saitek, one of the worlds leading manufacturers of video game peripherals, will begin developing wireless video game products using Cypress’s 2.4 GHz WirelessUSBTM solutions.
Cypress’s 2.4 GHz technology will enable Saitek to standardize on a global technology platform, and remain on the cutting edge of the gaming peripherals market by providing users a higher bandwidth, highly reliable wireless gaming experience. Cypress is demonstrating WirelessUSB to vendors this week at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) in Los Angeles, the world’s largest gaming convention.
"Saitek has enjoyed tremendous success with its 900 MHz wireless gaming products and is excited to be able to migrate video game enthusiasts to 2.4 GHz wireless gaming," said Simon Bell, engineering manager at Saitek. "We partnered with Cypress because of its leadership in combining RF, processor and application knowledge within WirelessUSB, which will enable us to develop very flexible and cost-effective solutions for immediate and long term strategies."
"Saitek’s partnership enables Cypress to extend its WirelessUSB products into the fast-growing video game market," said Norm Taffe, managing director of wireless technology at Cypress Semiconductor. "2.4 GHz technology provides gamers a robust, low latency environment that supports even the most demanding video games."
Cypress’s WirelessUSBTM solutions are based on input device needs for short-range wireless connectivity. WirelessUSB solutions, consisting of Cypress Semiconductor’s radio transceiver (CYWUSB6941) and baseband controller (CYWUSB6942), enable input devices with 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity over a short range to a PC, laptop, video game console, or many other devices. Wireless Human Interface Devices (HID) based on WirelessUSB balance a rich user experience with low cost and long battery life. Gaming solutions featuring WirelessUSB technology enjoy full coverage in living rooms and support for up to seven active nodes with low latencies.
Founded in 1979, Saitek is a leading manufacturer of peripherals for the PC, Console and Mobile Office environments. Based in Bristol, UK, Saitek’s products are distributed in more than 30 countries and are widely available in leading retailers as well as online. For more information, please visit www.saitek.com.
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 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 www.cypress.com.
Cypress, the Cypress logo and EZ-USB are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. "Connectivity from Last Mile to First Mile" and "Cypress Connects" are trademarks of Cypress.
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