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NEC unveils USB-IF-certified wireless USB ICs

Posted: 20 Apr 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless USB  USB host controller  USB DWA 

NEC Electronics Corp. said that itsµPD720170 wireless USB host controller for PCI interfaces andµPD720180 wireless USB device wire adapter (DWA) are among the first products to be certified by the USB Implementers Forum Inc. (USB-IF).

NEC Electronics' USB-IF-certified host controller and DWA are designed to make it easy and economical for designers to implement UWB wireless technology between USB peripherals and computers or CE products via a quick relay of data chunks based on Certified Wireless USB technology.

The µPD720170 host controller supports all eight data transfer rates—from 53.3Mbps to 480Mbps. The µPD720180 DWA chip provides the functionality required by the Certified Wireless USB standard and also enables interoperability with current USB devices. Designers can easily implement a complete system based on Certified Wireless USB technology by combining the two NEC chips.

Certified Wireless USB technology is an extension to the current USB 2.0 standard. It is being touted as the next-generation interface for computers and multi-media CE. Certified Wireless USB technology delivers data transfer rates up to 480Mbps, comparable to wired USB 2.0 connections, with a maximum wireless communications range of up to 10m.

Pricing is Rs.880 ($20) each in sample quantities.

- eeProductCenter

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