Staccato introduces Certified Wireless USB Native Device Development Kit

Staccato Communications, an Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology and Certified Wireless USB specialist, has announced the availability of the Ripcord1 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 Ripcord 1 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.