San Jose, Calif.Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has expanded its EZ-USB LP family with the EZ-USB NX2LP-Flex firmware programmable USB 2.0 NAND flash controller.
The EZ-USB NX2LP controller can add fingerprint sensor and video-over-USB capabilities to USB thumbdrives, which are very small portable storage drives that combine flash memory with a USB connection. The EZ-USB NX2LP controller is also being targeted at DVB/PCTV cards, GPS receivers, and wireless presenters.
Cypress claims that is LP devices cut dynamic and standby power consumption by nearly 50% compared with alternative offerings. And since its latest device is flash-based and doesn't require EEPROM memory for code storage, component costs, power and board space are reduced, the company said.
"The NX2LP-Flex device adds to this family a uniquely programmable NAND flash controller that provides the hard-to-pair duo of simplifying design while allowing for increased functionality and integration," said Matthew Branda, product marketing manager for Cypress’ USB products. "It addresses the need of both thumbdrive and consumer electronics suppliers and enables the convergence of these important and growing applications segments."
The EZ-USB NX2LP-Flex also includes an 8-bit NAND controller with an 8051 core and general programmable interface (GPIF). It features low power43-mA in active mode; 15-Kbytes on on-chip code/data RAM; 12 fully programmable GPIO pins; and 4-Bytes integrated FIFOs with automatic conversion to and from 16-bit buses.
It supports write protect switch and LEDs for active monitoring and includes four programmable endpoints with double, triple and quad buffering options.
The CY3686 EZ-USB NX2LP-Flex silicon and development kit is available to facilitate the design process and speed time-to-market.
The EZ-USB NX2LP-Flex controller, part number CY7C68033/4, is in full production and offered in a lead-free 56-pin QFN package in either die or custom-programmed form. Depending on quantity and configuration, prices range from $2.50 to $4. The development kit is available for $495.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp., 1-408-943 2600, www.cypress.com.