9/10/2003 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the Bluetooth technology leader, and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY), the industry leader in USB, announced that they have jointly developed the industry's lowest-cost solution for true ad hoc Bluetooth connectivity for off-the-shelf USB-enabled peripherals. The result is CSR's USB Bluetooth printer adapter example design, which enables a total bill of materials of under $15, bringing together CSR's BlueCore(tm) Bluetooth chipset and Cypress's USB On-The-Go (OTG) semiconductor technology. CSR's Bluetooth printer adapter example design is available now from www.csr.com/products/examples.htm
The printer adapter 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. In time, the design will be applied to other USB peripherals, such as storage devices, web cams and audio speakers, creating a range of affordable, host-free wireless connections between Bluetooth and USB devices. CSR is already providing samples of its complete example design to several manufacturers worldwide, and is expecting volume quantities of products featuring the technology to be available in Q4 this year.
"Products that address both consumer and business markets will help move Bluetooth into a pervasive stage," said Joyce Putscher, director, at high-tech market research firm In-Stat/MDR. "Technology, such as the wireless printing solution from CSR and Cypress, can accelerate this process by offering Bluetooth wireless connectivity and building upon standard USB ports."
"This is the first marriage of Bluetooth and USB of its kind," said Paul Novell, managing director of Cypress's Wired Business Unit. "The fact that CSR, the world leader in Bluetooth, has selected Cypress for this project speaks volumes about their recognition of Cypress as an industry leader in USB."
Eric Janson, worldwide vice president, marketing, CSR added, "We are happy to be working with other technology leaders such as Cypress to deliver new and innovative solutions to our customers - a list which already includes more than 130 companies making over 60 percent of the Bluetooth products on the market." Janson continued, "Having combined USB technology from Cypress with our own BlueCore Bluetooth technology, we have enabled an entirely new range of Bluetooth printer adaptors ideal for ad hoc communication."
CSR and Cypress's new USB-to-Bluetooth adapter plugs into standard USB printer ports, and the technology may eventually be integrated into printer designs. Cypress's EZ-Host(tm) USB controller inside the adapter acts as "host," mediating data "traffic" between the portable device and printer. CSR and Cypress are developing the technology to ensure full compatibility with all USB-enabled printer makes and models and other USB devices.
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) is the world-leading provider of single-chip radio devices for Bluetooth wireless communication. CSR offers developed hardware/software packages for each of the fastest growing Bluetooth applications markets which are all based around BlueCore, a fully integrated 2.4 GHz radio, baseband and microcontroller. BlueCore features in 60 percent of all qualified Bluetooth v 1.1 enabled end product designs with international names such as Microsoft Corp, Panasonic, Audi, NEC, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony already using BlueCore in their range of Bluetooth products. In June 2003, CSR launched the third generation BlueCore devices, the first silicon with full support for v1.2 of the Bluetooth specification. CSR is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in Richardson, Texas; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore and Aalborg, Denmark. More information can be found at www.csr.com and the partner web site www.btdesigner.com. More information about Bluetooth can be found on the SIG web site at www.bluetooth.com
About Cypress USB
Cypress's EZ-Host (CY7C67200) is a multi-port controller featuring two individually configurable two-port serial interface engines (SIEs) and a configurable I/O block that can connect to numerous standard interfaces. The product features 16-Bit RISC controllers, large memory and low power, and is targeted at wired devices, ranging from DVD players, set-top boxes, Internet appliances and print servers.
Cypress offers the industry's broadest portfolio of low-, full- and high-speed USB devices and development tools. Products include integrated microcontrollers for hosts, hubs and peripherals, as well as individual devices such as wired and wireless transceivers, serial interface engines and bridges. This broad portfolio enables designers to choose between the benefits of using an integrated solution or supplementing their own designs with key Cypress devices.
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting from Last Mile to First Mile(tm) with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress Connects(tm) 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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