One-Chip Solution Combines a 2.4-GHz, Low-Power Wireless Radio and Capacitive Touch
SAN JOSE, Calif., January 2, 2013 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced that I-Rocks Technology, Ltd., a leading PC peripherals manufacturer in Taiwan, has selected Cypress’s PRoC™-UI (Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip–User Interface) solution for its RF6496 wireless keyboard with built-in trackpad. PRoC-UI lowers bill-of-materials costs for the keyboard by providing superior touch performance with support for Windows 8 compatible multi-touch gestures along with best-in-class wireless connectivity in a single chip. The RF6496 also employs Cypress’s enCoRe™ V low-voltage companion microcontroller for its mechanical buttons.
With PRoC-UI’s robust wireless connectivity, the I-Rocks RF6496 Touchpad Keyboard can operate up to 10 meters from a computer. This allows users to connect a PC to their TV and easily surf the web, play music, and watch films from the comfort of their couch. The PRoC-UI solution combines the 2.4-GHz proprietary WirelessUSB™-NL Radio with Cypress’s CapSense® and TrueTouch® capacitive touch technologies. The one-chip solution also offers standard HID microcontroller functionality, effectively combining three chips into one to save BOM cost, board space, and power, while increasing reliability compared with multi-chip implementations. More information on the solution is available at www.cypress.com/go/PRoC-UI.
“PRoC-UI eliminates the need for us to purchase capacitive touch controllers and wireless radios from multiple vendors for our RF6496 touch keyboard,” said Toby Lin, general manager of I-Rocks. “Cypress offers great support and their capacitive touch performance is best in class.”
“The I-Rocks RF6496 Trackpad Keyboard design is an excellent example of the value PRoC-UI brings to wireless HID products,” said Jayant Somani, senior director of worldwide marketing for Cypress’s Data Communication Division. “PRoC-UI helped simplify the design and shorten time to market, while enabling its trackpad to support a variety of gestures for a differentiated user experience.”
PRoC-UI boasts an impressive -87 dBm receive sensitivity at 1 Mbps. This enhanced sensitivity enables longer range operation and allows for lower-power transmit signals. The device features low active and standby currents, which enable longer battery life. It also offers superior performance in the presence of 2.4-GHz interference from common sources such as WiFi, Bluetooth, cordless phones, and microwaves. PRoC-UI supports Cypress’s AgileHID™ protocol that allows existing WirelessUSB-NL customers to get started quickly on their designs without any additional effort. Customers who have existing designs with WirelessUSB-NL can reuse the same dongles for new PRoC-UI based touch products. PRoC-UI comes with free software to enable end-product customization.
About I-Rocks Technology
I-Rocks Technology is a renowned Taiwanese brand of computer peripherals that are sold worldwide, continually providing its clients and customers with innovative high-quality computer peripheral IO devices. Since its establishment, I-Rocks has insisted on innovation, quality R&D, and successful marketing, thereby providing high-quality, high-value products which meet customer needs in every possible way. Currently, I-Rocks has manufacturing facilities in China and branches in many countries, all with the goal of embracing globalization and international developments in marketing, and providing customers with high-quality peripheral products at reasonable prices. I-Rocks is a leading brand name and manufacturer of computer, Internet, and online gaming products. For more information, visit www.i-rocks.com.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® 1, PSoC 3, and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch® solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets, PCs, and tablets. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM memories. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.
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