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Cypress USB controllers stretch from NY to LA and back again

How far would half a billion USB controllers stretch if laid end-to-end? Try from NY City to Los Angeles and back again. That is how many USB controllers Cypress has shipped since their inception of the USB controller product line in 1997. Fueled by growing consumer demand in USB-enabled applications such as mice, keyboards, hubs, media and video players, mobile phones, mass storage (external hard disk drives & enclosures), set top boxes, photo printers and video capture peripherals, Cypress shipped over 130 million USB controllers in 2005, the most in its history, and is already approaching 600 million units shipped from inception to date. This press release in conjunction with our recent article about USB devices reaching 2.8 billion units by 2010 means GetUSB.info we’ll be busy for a while… Continue Reading

Take global control of company flash drives

Press Release GetUSB.info Summary: mSystems introduces enterpriese software to manage all your company’s flash drives. Through an mTrust server the IT department can enforce and control the devices on a global scale. The flash drive must have mTrust Manager software on the flash drive which empowers management to control the flash drive both inside the network and outside the network. Continue Reading

Cypress releases first “Infotainment” USB host controller

Cypress Semiconductor introduces the world’s first Infotainment USB Host/Peripheral controller. The EZ-Host is targeted to the automotive industry to make communication between car and GPS, MP3 players, mobile handsets and in-vehicle radios as easy as a USB port. The EZ-Host is a 16-bit RISC microcontroller with 2 configurable SIEs and one configurable I/O block. Continue Reading

Connect monitors via USB for high-performance graphics

Press Release from Newnham Research GetUSB Summary: Newnham uses a proprietary lossless graphics transport format that converts the pixel signal to be transferred via USB then renders the signal pack into pixels to be viewed. The driving force for the product is to make adding monitors to PCs and laptops quick and easy, like any other USB device. Innovative USB NIVO Connects Monitors to PCs using USB 2.0 with Real-Time, Highly Interactive User Experience; Company Announces Kensington Design Win Continue Reading

Micron Tech to acquire Lexar Media

Press Release BOISE, Idaho, and FREMONT, Calif., March 8, 2006 – Micron Technology, Inc., (NYSE: MU) and Lexar Media, Inc., (Nasdaq: LEXR) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Micron to acquire Lexar in a stock-for-stock merger. Under terms of the agreement, each outstanding common share of Lexar will receive 0.5625 shares of Micron stock. Micron anticipates issuing shares in exchange for 81.6 million Lexar shares outstanding. Additional Micron shares will be issued upon the exercise of assumed stock options. Continue Reading

Oxford Semiconductor with new Single Chip USB controller

Press Release Oxford Semiconductor Announces Industry’s First Single-Chip Combination USB and Memory Host Controller Oxford Semiconductor Inc., a leading provider of high-performance connectivity solutions for consumer, storage and multimedia applications, today announced the industry’s first controller with full-speed host and high-speed peripheral USB connectivity combined with support for multiple storage interfaces. The OXU140CM, Oxford Semiconductor’s new all-in-one connectivity solution is ideal for consumer electronics devices that require high-performance connectivity for data transfer and access to expanded memory for additional storage. Continue Reading

New 1-MHz USB DAQ for OEM and Embedded Applications

Press Release CLEVELAND, OH, February 1, 2006 – IOtech has just introduced the new 1-MHz/16-bit DaqBoard/3000USB(TM) Series of data acquisition boards which are ideal for OEM and embedded applications. These are the first USB-based versions of the popular, industry leading DaqBoard data acquisition boards. The new DaqBoard/3000USB Series is also the industry’s first 1-MHz/16-bit USB-based DAQ to break the $800 price barrier. Each board in the series provides true multifunction performance with analog inputs, waveform capable analog outputs, 24 high-speed digital I/O, four counter inputs (quadrature encoder capable), and two timer outputs. Continue Reading

WD Passport earns “Ten Coolest Products” award

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LAKE FOREST, Calif., Feb. 6 — Western Digital Corp. (NYSE:WDC) today announced that its WD Passport(TM) Portable USB Drives are now available with 120 GB capacity. WD Passport Portable USB Drives were recently named one of the “Ten Coolest Products” by USA Today Now: Personal Technology magazine (Nov. 2005). With no need for a separate power supply (for most systems), WD Passport Portable USB Drives are easy to use anywhere — simply plug in and store.

Designed with sleek rounded corners and a textured, non-slip rugged protective case, WD Passport Portable USB Drives are outfitted with high-performance, low power-consuming, cool and quiet-running WD Scorpio(TM) 2.5-inch EIDE hard drives, as well as Data Lifeguard(TM) protection, to provide maximum safeguard from data loss. The ease-of-use and elegant design of WD Passport Portable USB Drives have garnered numerous accolades from media worldwide including: “Best Product” from ComputerBild magazine Germany; “One of the ten coolest gadgets” according to Cosmopolitan magazine Spain; and “Best Buy” from Computershopper in the UK.

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