Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced general availability of its USB host mass storage reference design kit (RDK) for embedded applications. The CY4640 hardware/software solution enables mass storage devices to seamlessly exchange data from one point to another without the aid of a PC.
Designed for use with Cypress's EZ-Host family of USB embedded host controllers, the CY4640 supports several types of USB mass storage class peripherals including USB hard drives, NAND flash drives, mass storage class-compliant MP3 players and digital still cameras. The kit also supports internal storage devices, such as hard drives, via the EZ-Host controller's on-chip IDE interface.
"With the proliferation of MP3 players, photo printers and DVD recorders, there is an increasing demand for host-enabled storage devices," said Bassil El-Kadi, USB Host and OTG product manager in Cypress's Personal Communications Division. "This kit simplifies the integration of USB technology into PC peripherals and many other consumer appliances-even designers with little knowledge of USB or mass storage class can now easily develop products that host USB storage devices."
The CY4640 includes the USB host software stack, a mass storage class driver, a file system and associated supporting software modules, as well as a sample application layer and hardware that enable customers to evaluate a design at various stages of development. The kit provides license- and royalty-free source code IP for all components.
The USB Host Mass Storage Reference Design Kit is available now and priced starting at $199 (MSRP). For more information, visit Cypress online at http://wwww.cypress.com.