Staccato Debuts Ripcord1 Development Kit for Wireless USB Devices

Staccato Communications, an Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology pioneer and Certified Wireless USB leader, announced the availability of the Ripcord1(tm) Development Kit (DVK). Staccato’s Ripcord1 DVK is a completely integrated development environment that accelerates native Wireless USB device designs based on the Ripcord1 family of single-chip, all-CMOS Certified Wireless USB solutions.

At the core of the Ripcord1 DVK is the Ripcord Control Library (RCL). This fully abstracted software library provides services to simplify the interface to the Ripcord1 IC and enables easy integration on a wide variety of platforms. The software compatibility of the RCL with all of Staccato’s Ripcord ICs allows for the seamless migration of designs that will work with the next-generation of devices on Staccato’s product roadmap. The integration of the Ripcord Control Library in the development kit reduces overall design complexity in a variety of applications including mobile handsets, digital cameras, printers, portable media players, mass storage, and wireless audio/video. The RCL also allows designers to take advantage of the inherent benefits afforded by Staccato’s single-chip, all-CMOS solutions, which include low power, small form factor, and reduced system cost.

“There are complex design challenges associated with implementing a Wireless USB device and Staccato is uniquely positioned to solve these problems,” said Marty Colombatto, CEO for Staccato Communications. “For example, instead of writing the function drivers from scratch, Staccato’s Ripcord1 Development Kit offers them in a fully abstracted library, which eases design complexity and accelerates time-to-market. The availability of a development kit that supports the delivery of single-chip solutions for Wireless USB devices positions Staccato as a clear market leader. The DVK in conjunction with RCL have been recently certified as a WUSB native device solution, allowing a smooth path through certification and into production for our customers.”

Staccato’s Ripcord1 solution is listed on the USB-IF Integrators List for Certified Wireless USB Peripheral Silicon signifying that it has passed all of the compliance and interoperability tests required for Wireless USB certification. Ripcord1 has also previously passed WiMedia PHY and MAC certification, and US FCC and Japan TELEC regulatory certifications.

The Ripcord1 DVK enables native device designs for the Wireless USB market by including all the needed hardware, software, and full documentation. The Ripcord1 DVK features an XScale PXA270-based Single-Board Computer (SBC) running embedded Linux and allows developers to access and evaluate WiMedia MAC and PHY characteristics.

Staccato’s Ripcord1 Development Kit is currently available to qualified customers. Pricing for the DVK is available upon request.

About Staccato Communications’ Products
Staccato’s Ripcord product family is comprised of single-chip, all-CMOS solutions offered as a Wafer Chip-Scale Package (WCSP) using leading 110nm digital CMOS process technology. Based on the Wireless USB specification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and a WiMedia Certified UWB Common Radio Platform, Ripcord’s high-level of integration minimizes design risk, lowers system cost and accelerates customers’ time-to-market by consolidating all hardware and software components necessary to implement a solution based on the Wireless USB specification.

About Staccato Communications
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Staccato Communications is an Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology pioneer with applications expertise in Wireless USB, Bluetooth 3.0 and Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity. The fabless semiconductor company serves the personal computing, mobile phone and consumer electronics industries with small form factor, single-chip, all-CMOS high-speed wireless solutions. Staccato’s WiMedia Platform Certified products include PHY, MAC, drivers, application software, development kits and reference designs. The Team Staccato Partner Program enables total solutions through alliances with industry leaders throughout the value chain.

Ripcord and Staccato are trademarks of Staccato Communications.