6/2/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the industry's first Universal Serial Bus (USB) wireless optical mouse reference design for PC pointing devices. Agilent collaborated with Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), to offer a cost-effective cordless optical mouse solution. The wireless optical mouse reference design is based on the Freescale MC68HC908JB12 USB microcontroller (MCU) and MC68HC908QY4 affordable MCU, with the power-efficient Agilent cordless optical mouse sensor.
"Including the necessary components with design schematics, layout and firmware in one kit accelerates product customization and time-to-market for optical mouse OEMs," said Daniel Hoste, vice president and general manager of Freescale's 8/16-bit Products Division. "By pairing Freescale's USB microcontrollers with Agilent's pioneering optical navigation technology, we can offer a cost-effective, high data rate RF solution that enables the development of cordless optical mice."
"Teaming Agilent's low-power, cordless optical navigation technology with Freescale's industry-leading USB microcontrollers gives the optical mouse market a cost-effective, feature-rich solution," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "This reference design kit immediately enables more companies to develop and sell cordless optical mice, which have gained favor with mobile users."
The Agilent ADNS-2030 optical mouse sensor offers flexibility for optical mouse designs, with frame rates from 500 to 2,300 frames per second (faster frame rates are desirable for computer games), 400 or 800 count-per-inch resolution, and speeds up to 14 inches per second. It provides automatic power conservation during periods when the mouse is not moved. It operates on a single power supply (3.3 V typical, 3.6 V maximum) and features on-chip LED drive and power conservation mode. The ADNS-2030 is designed for use with the Agilent HDNS-2100 lens and HDNS-2200 clip with the HLMP-ED80-XX000 LED. Together these parts form a complete, compact mouse sensor solution.
The Freescale MC68HC908JB12 USB MCU, with dual 27 MHz clock generators, is designed to enable cost-effective RF communication up to 2 meters (approximately 6 feet) between the optical mouse and PC. It includes 12 KB flash memory, 13 general-purpose input/output ports and an on-chip 3.3 V regulator. The Freescale MC68HC908QY4 MCU is also designed to provide the functions of a wireless mouse and to deliver the same long battery life with 4 KB flash memory in a 16-pin footprint.
The USB Wireless Optical Mouse Reference Design provides a complete resource for developers to customize their own designs. It is configured for a standard three-button mouse with flexible I/Os allowing expansion to five buttons. Data flows between the microcontrollers across the ADNS-2030 SPI interface. The design uses a single cable capable of connecting to a PC via a USB. It is compatible with Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 98/2000/XP.
Agilent has shipped more than 200 million optical mouse sensors since the release of its first navigation sensor in 1999. Agilent supplies these sensors to all major optical mouse manufacturers worldwide. The technology works on virtually all surfaces by taking thousands of digital pictures per second, and is used in optical mice that range from inexpensive, entry-level models to high-precision versions. Since their introduction, optical mice powered by Agilent's optical sensing technology have established themselves as the standard in computer input devices.
More information about Agilent's optical mouse sensors is available at www.agilent.com/view/opticalnavigation. More information about Freescale's microcontrollers is available at www.motorola.com/semiconductors.
Pricing and Availability
The joint optical mouse reference design kit includes a sample wireless optical mouse and its receiver, with complete schematics, layout and firmware. It is priced at $199 and is available from Agilent as the ADNK-2133 Optical Mouse Reference Design Kit.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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