Icron Introduces USB 2.0 Extensions for Those On a BudgetIcron is leading the way in low cost USB extension options with their new Ranger 2101 and Ranger 2104 products. These extension adapters are a single connect to extend a USB device up to 100 meters away. The concept is simple, through USB and CAT5 Icron ExtremeUSB technology can maintain high speed USB transfer rates over such a hard wired configuration. The Ranger 2101 is a single connect ExtremeUSB extension box with a retail price of $349 and the Ranger 2104 is a single connect with 4 port end-point hub for multiple device connection for only $389. To learn more about the Icron ExtremeUSB technology read my earlier posts. As for today’s announcement:
â€œOur customers are connecting USB enabled devices in more challenging and unique applications which demand higher performance and flexibility from our ExtremeUSB technology.â€ stated Robert Eisses, President and CEO of Icron Technologies. â€œWe are committed to enhancing the technology to increase the implementation options to be able to dramatically expand the market for ExtremeUSB technology. Ranger 2101 and Ranger 2104 are the initial products in a new series of solutions from Icron that include other cost down products and ultimately a family of single chip ExtremeUSB devices, ideal for embedding into a variety of applications.â€Over the past 18 months the company has focused its Research and Development initiatives on evolving its core ExtremeUSB technology to be more flexible and cost effective to encourage quick adoption into larger markets. With over 2 Billion USB ports shipped to date and increasing penetration in the consumer electronics (CE) space, there is a growing demand from customers to move USB beyond the desktop and provide flexible bridging solutions for USB 2.0 devices. Ranger 2101 and Ranger 2104 are the first products to be introduced in Icronâ€™s next generation USB 2.0 bridging product line that will include finished product solutions, embedded modules, chipsets and IP Cores enabling end users, OEMâ€™s and ODMâ€™s to implement USB 2.0 bridging and extension solutions powered by ExtremeUSB technology. ExtremeUSB transparently bridges USB over a variety of media, from Cat-5 and fibre optics to current and future wireless media, power line communications and coax platforms. When combined with video, ExtremeUSB provides the ideal plug and play solution for remote desktop and KVM applications in a variety of markets including industrial, commercial, and medical. In the growing Digital Home market, ExtremeUSB enables a cost-effective, plug and play solution for home users to extend the full PC desktop, not just selected media, to any TV in the home, without installing another PC by the TV. Icron ExtemeUSB website.