Gleichmann Electronics Announces NEC uPD720150 USB 2.0 Controller

NEC Electronics’ µPD720150 integrated USB 2.0 controller, which immediately broadens Gleichmann Electronics’ product portfolio, enables data transfers at rates up to 480 megabits per second. The newest member of the ECOUSB series combines on a single chip functions that formerly required separate USB host and USB peripheral controller ICs. By means of appropriate register settings, the two USB ports can be operated in four different configurations: one host port, two host ports, one peripheral port or one host port and one peripheral port, whereby the number of ports can be increased by connecting an external hub from NEC Electronics.

NEC uPD720150 USB 2.0 ControllerFurther features of the µPD720150 are the many, already in hardware implemented, basic USB functions, which significantly reduce the additional software effort. For example, the µPD720150 enables automatic audio and video data transfers.

Thanks to a 16-bit CPU interface with selectable timing control modes, the µPD720150 allows direct connection to a wide variety of popular embedded CPUs, thus saving space and reducing costs. Low power technology, developed by NEC Electronics specifically for the ECOUSB series of USB products, also guarantees a high flexibility of use. For example, by completely stopping the clock when USB functions are not in use. Furthermore, by means of an integrated voltage regulator, the internal supply voltage can be reduced from 3.3 V to 1.5 V.

The µPD720150 is available now in sample quantities. Volume production is planned for September 2008.

About Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH
Since its foundation in 1979, Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH, in the same company group with MSC Vertriebs GmbH, has established itself as one of the leading pan European distributors of electronic components. One of the reasons for the high acceptance by customers and suppliers is the company’s early focus on comparatively few, highly sophisticated products such as microcontrollers, programmable logic devices, graphic displays and customized battery solutions. The deep technical know-how of our sales engineers and field applications engineers enable us to implement complete new designs right up to the manufactured product to satisfy customers’ requests. Owning two ASIC design centers, a research laboratory and one of Europe’s largest, state-of-the-art programming facilities, Gleichmann & Co Electronics GmbH leads the way in custom design services.

About NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH
NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany, is a leading developer and supplier of semiconductor products in Europe. Committed to meeting customers’ cost, performance and time-to-market requirements, the company offers solutions ranging from standard products to system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, as well as customized products for next-generation designs. Our customers also benefit from state-of-the-art manufacturing from the global production network of our parent company, NEC Electronics Corporation. Additionally, NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH is the exclusive European sales and marketing channel of LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies Ltd.