Transceiver enables communication between wireless devices.

Press Release Summary:

USB On-The-Go (OTG) transceiver chip MIC2555 enables point-to-point communications between USB-enabled appliances without use of PC. Chip performs as PHY for USB OTG serial interfaces and is compatible with various stand-alone microprocessors, ASICs and COT designs, OTG IP cores, and application-specific standard products. Offered in 4 x 4 mm MLF(TM) packaging, IC is compliant with USB 2.0 and USB-OTG supplement 1.0a specifications. It also offers ±15k ESD protection.

Original Press Release:

Micrel Launches New On-the-Go USB Transceiver for Wireless Devices

MIC2555 IC Enables Direct Communication Between USB-Enabled Appliances Without the Use of a PC

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31 -- Micrel Inc., (NASDAQ:MCRL), an industry leader in Power, Connect and Protect IC solutions, today launched the MIC2555, a USB On-The-Go (OTG) transceiver chip that enables point-to-point communications, without the use of a PC, between USB devices such as cell phones, digital cameras, printers and PDAs. The chip performs as a PHY for USB OTG serial interfaces and is compatible with a wide variety of stand-alone microprocessors, ASICs and COT designs, OTG IP cores and application-specific standard products. The MIC2555 is currently sampling with volume quantities available in Q2. Pricing starts at $1.42 in 10K quantity.

"The MIC2555 enables designers to completely bypass the use of a PC when generating communications between USB devices," said Thruston Awalt, product marketing manager, Micrel. "The chip addresses the ever expanding market of USB enabled tools, appliances and devices, enabling the latest consumer products to talk to each other and exchange information."

The chip is fully compliant with USB 2.0 and USB-OTG supplement 1.0a specifications. It also supports mini-USB car kit interface and UART communication. The IC is offered in a small 4mm x 4mm MLF(TM) packaging, thereby saving valuable board space. Featuring low power, the chip also offers +/- 15k ESD protection, eliminating the need for additional protection devices.

"Micrel continues to aggressively address the latest trends in consumer devices," noted Bob Whelton, executive vice president operations, Micrel. "One of the hottest new trends involves the linking of various devices to one another to share such diverse information such as call lists, images and photos. The MIC2555 enables streamlined communications between a myriad of devices including mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, camcorders, data cradles, CD and MPW3 players and printers."

About Micrel, Inc.

Micrel Inc., is a leading global manufacturer of Power, Connect and Protect IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets. The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities located in San Jose, CA with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide. Web: .

NOTE: MLF is a trademark of Amkor Technology.

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