QuickLogic Corporation, the innovator of ultra-low-power programmable Customer Specific Standard Products (CSSPs), has announced the availability of an SDIO-to-USB catalog CSSP solution that enables SDIO-based peripheral devices to connect to processors through a USB port. SDIO-based peripheral devices such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and others are becoming much more common, leading to a need for increased support in non-consumer applications.
With the rapid advancement of smartphone technology, system designers in healthcare, industrial and infrastructure markets now have access to lower cost technology. For example, the same Wi-Fi modules used in smartphones has enabled next-generation medical equipment to communicate with monitoring devices in patient rooms via wireless technology. This allows medical professionals access to real-time patient care information remotely.
While the internal architectures of mobile devices may not vary significantly, non-smartphone architectures are often radically different, resulting in connectivity issues. For example, a processor in a healthcare application may not have enough SDIO ports to support the new Wi-Fi/Bluetooth devices that the OEMs may need to incorporate into their products.
The QuickLogic SDIO-to-USB solution includes an SDIO host controller for interfacing directly to an SDIO-based Wi-Fi/Bluetooth device or module. It also has a USB 2.0 high-speed device controller with PHY for interfacing directly to the USB host on the processor. With this solution, an OEM can interface to the peripheral device using their current processor, potentially adding multiple new functions to their product while saving redesign time and costs. “QuickLogic’s USB-to-SDIO catalog CSSP allows healthcare, industrial and infrastructure OEMs to make use of standard SDIO-based peripheral devices in their equipment, even if their processor is SDIO-port limited,”
said Paul Karazuba, senior product marketing manager at QuickLogic. “This latest connectivity solution ensures that OEMs can choose the best peripheral devices for the application, instead of being limited to making decisions based on interfaces that their processor supports natively.”Availability
QuickLogic’s USB-to-SDIO solution is available today as a catalog CSSP. Click Here
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