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Smallest, fastest, lowest-power USB 2.0 solution to mobile phones
Posted: 28-Mar-2005 [Source: PLX Technology]

[New NET2272 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Peripheral Controller for mobile phones features the smallest, fastest and lowest-power operation in the industry.]

Sunnyvale, CA -- PLX Technology, Inc., the leading supplier of standard input/output (I/O) interconnect silicon to the communications, server, storage, embedded control, and consumer industries, today announced its newly packaged PLX(R) NET2272 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Peripheral Controller for mobile phones and other portable applications. The NET2272 now features the smallest, fastest and lowest-power operation in the industry, making it ideal for use in next-generation portable devices such as rich-content mobile phones, PDAs and media players. The majority of mobile phones today support a Full-Speed USB connection, a standard popular in transferring contact data, calendar information and digital photos between a handheld device and a PC, as well as using a mobile phone as an internet gateway for a laptop computer. Additionally, mobile phones continue to incorporate rich content such as high-resolution photos, videos and MP3 files. Furthermore, network speeds are improving dramatically. These myriad developments have created a strong demand for faster transfer mechanisms between handheld devices and PCs.

The NET2272 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Peripheral Controller addresses this demand, delivering 40 times the transfer speed of Full-Speed USB, providing compatibility with existing Full-Speed USB software and leveraging its already-wide deployment in a range of applications such as portable media players, printers and digital camcorders.

The NET2272's 6x6mm, 64-ball, lead-free package; 40MBytes/sec. of sustained USB transfers; low power consumption (148mW active, 0.6uW standby); and variable I/O voltage of 2.5V to 5.0V deliver an unprecedented combination of size, power, and performance to portable applications, such as next-generation mobile phones, PDAs, and portable media players. The NET2272's local bus can connect directly (without the need for "glue logic") to the majority of the CPUs and DSPs used in these applications, since its interface appears as an SRAM, which most CPUs and DSPs support natively.

Development Tools Streamline Design

The NET2272, like all PLX interconnect devices, is supported by a PLX Rapid Development Kit (RDK). The NET2272's RDK includes a PCI adapter board that easily plugs into any standard PCI slot (3.3V or 5V). The board effectively converts the PC into a USB peripheral for a rich development environment. Peripheral-side firmware and APIs are also included to easily configure the NET2272 so that it emulates a standard USB-class device, such as a modem, a hard disk or a video device.

Availability, Pricing, Demo at WinHEC

The NET2272 in its new packaging is sampling now, with production scheduled for Q2 of this year. The NET2272, which comes in a lead-free, 100-pin BGA package, is priced at $5.00 in standard 10K annual quantities. The NET2272PCI-RDK is also available now, at $995.

The NET2272 will be demonstrated in a multiple-feed video application, utilizing USB Mass Storage Class drivers, at Microsoft WinHEC in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, from April 25 to 27, 2005.

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