Cypress Launches OvationONS II Programmable Laser Navigation SoC

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced its second generation laser navigation product family, which is the first in the industry to integrate a laser navigation sensor and programmable Flash based microcontroller on one die. The new OvationONS[TM] II Laser Navigation System-on-Chip features the superior surface tracking performance and low-power consumption of Cypress’s patented OptiCheck[tm] technology integrated with a programmable CPU, USB interface, and a highly-configurable power management unit. The OvationONS II devices combine easily with an optical lens for simple two-piece assembly measuring only 8x8x4 mm – small enough to fit completely on the head of an AA battery. The integration and programmability of the device combine to greatly simplify customers’ design and manufacturing processes.

The small form factor OvationONS II Laser SoC is based on Cypress’s 0.13-micron SONOS mixed-signal process technology, which delivers low power and high performance. The OvationONS II family is designed to support 0.8V to 5.5V operations, enabling both wired and wireless applications with a single AA battery. The family’s flexible architecture, based on Cypress’s PSoC® mixed-signal array technology, enables fast-to-market designs and in-system debugging using Cypress’s PSoC Designer[tm] software tool. PSoC Designer provides pre-built, drag-and drop “user modules” that allow designers to complete important design elements very rapidly.

“The OvationONS family integrates numerous industry-leading Cypress technologies, simplifying design and assembly for our many customers in the HID market,” said Norm Taffe, executive vice president of Cypress’s Consumer and Computation Division. “It offers an ideal solution for high-volume mice and other applications.”

The OvationONS II SoC integrates the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) in the package, meeting Class I eye-safety requirements. The device eliminates the need for power calibration of the VCSEL or for optical alignment at a customer’s factory, simplifying the manufacturing process and reducing assembly costs. In addition, all products in the family share the same pin-out and are mechanical compatible, enabling customers to offer multiple products without changing PCB layout and mechanical system alteration.

About OvationONS
The OvationONS family features Cypress’s patented OptiCheck technology for a fundamentally different approach from traditional image capture/correlation techniques. OptiCheck uses a detection scheme that streamlines the signal-processing requirements, maximizing performance and reducing the sensor’s power consumption, which is ideal for wireless laser mice. In addition, OptiCheck uses a position-sampling rate as high as 80 kHz, allowing OvationONS devices to have instant response to changes in tracking direction or speed with significantly reduced latency.

Availability and Photo
The OvationONS II Laser SoC is currently sampling, with production expected in the second half of 2008. The family includes the following product offerings:

  • CYONS2000 – USB interface targeted at mainstream wired mice
  • CYONS2001 – wireless interface targeted at mainstream wireless mice
  • CYONS2100 – USB interface targeted at wired gaming mice
  • CYONS2101 – wireless interface targeted at wireless gaming mice
  • CYONS2110 – USB and wireless interfaces at targeted at high-end applications

All of the family’s offerings are available in 42-pin QFN packages.

About Cypress’s Human Interface Device (HID) Portfolio
Cypress’s HID portfolio includes laser navigation devices, wireless transceivers using Cypress’s proprietary 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB[tm] technology, and peripheral microcontrollers. The world’s only complete HID portfolio offers one-stop-shopping and an unparalleled feature set to enable high precision tracking, superior interference immunity, low bill-of-materials (BOM) costs, higher data rate applications, and faster time-to-market for wired and wireless mice, keyboards, gaming devices, presenter tools, and other simple, multi-point-to-point wireless applications. Cypress’s AgileHID[tm] wireless protocol uses patented frequency-agile DSSS technology to offer best-in-class interference immunity for a 2.4-GHz system. WirelessUSB technology incorporates the user-friendly KISSBind[tm] feature, which enables a user to pair a wireless peripheral to the desired host without using binding buttons, thus lowering customer support calls.

About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC® Programmable System-on-Chip[tm], USB controllers, Laser Navigation Sensors, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB[tm] radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge[tm] and EZ-USB® FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY.

Cypress, the Cypress logo and PSoC are registered trademarks, and OvationONS, OptiCheck, WirelessUSB, AgileHID and KISSBind are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.