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Cypress launches first programmable laser navigation SoC

Posted: 06 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:second generation  laser navigation  system on chip  SoC 

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced its second generation laser navigation product family, which the company touts as the first in the industry to integrate a laser navigation sensor and programmable Flash-based microcontroller into one die. Aimed at wired and wireless mice applications, the OvationONS II laser navigation system-on-chip (SoC) features excellent surface tracking performance and low-power consumption, thanks to Cypress' patented OptiCheck technology integrated with a programmable CPU, USB interface, and a highly configurable power management unit.

The OvationONS II devices can be easily combined with an optical lens for a two-piece assembly measuring only 8 x 8 x 4 mm, which is small enough to fit completely on the head of an AA battery, Cypress said. The integration and programmability of the device are said to ease mouse design and manufacturing processes.

The OvationONS II laser SoC is based on Cypress' 0.13µm SONOS mixed-signal process technology, which is said to deliver low power and high performance. The OvationONS II family supports 0.8-V to 5.5-V operation, enabling both wired and wireless applications with a single AA battery. The family's architecture, based on Cypress' PSoC mixed-signal array technology, is said to enable fast-to-market designs and in-system debugging using the company's PSoC Designer software tool with pre-built, drag-and drop "user modules".

In addition, the OvationONS II SoC integrates the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) in the package, meeting Class I eye-safety requirements. The device eliminates the need for power calibration of the VCSEL or for optical alignment at a customer's factory, which further simplifies the manufacturing process and reduces assembly costs. All products in the family share the same pin-out and are mechanical compatible, enabling customers to offer multiple products without changing PCB layout and mechanical system alteration.

The family includes the following products:

CYONS2000: USB interface targeted at mainstream wired mice

CYONS2001: wireless interface targeted at mainstream wireless mice

CYONS2100: USB interface targeted at wired gaming mice

CYONS2101: wireless interface targeted at wireless gaming mice

CYONS2110: USB and wireless interfaces at targeted at high-end applications.

All of the devices are available in 42-pin QFN packages.

Gina Roos

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