San Jose, Calif. Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is sampling a low-cost flash programmable microcontroller with an integrated 2.4-GHz radio transceiver that contains a fully integrated direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) baseband.
The CYWUSB6953 is a complete radio SoC that enables engineers to design RF systems operating in the worldwide 2.4-GHz ISM band with just a single device and a handful of discrete components.
The SoC combines WirelessUSB, a wireless technology that features a radio transceiver and digital baseband on a single chip, and a Programmable System-on-Chip (PRoC) device, which is a mixed-signal array that includes an 8-bit microcontroller with many peripheral functions usually found in an embedded design.
Cypress developed both technologies, with Atmel Corp. as a second-source for WirelessUSB.
"PRoC combines two great Cypress technologies to help make the vision an 'unwired world' a reality for customers worldwide," said Christopher Norris, vice president of Cypress' consumer and computation division. "It makes it fast, easy and cost-effective to implement WirelessUSB in a myriad of applications by using the powerful, flexible PRoC architecture."
Applications include consumer electronics, home and industrial automation, human interface device, transportation, security and medical systems.
The microcontroller has with four digital blocks and four analog blocks that are all highly reconfigurable and flexible. The core is the M8C 8-bit engine that supports a rich instruction set. It has 512 bytes of SRAM data storage and 8-Kbytes of flash program memory storage.
The CYWUSB6953 is sampling in 48-pin QFN packages. Full production quantities are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2005. Pricing is approximately $3.50 each, depending on quantities.
To learn more, click here for the CYWUSB6953's datasheet: www.cypress.com/procphoto
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