USB over Coax equalization technology yields flexible system for placing remote USB devices using standard inexpensive coaxial cabling
BURNABY, B.C., March 30, 2010 – Icron Technologies (TSX Venture: IT), leading providers of ExtremeUSB® USB extension solutions, and EqcoLogic, an analog semiconductor company specialized in high-performance communications circuits, announced technology providing remote high-speed USB 2.0 device connectivity over standard Coaxial cabling (USB over Coax). The USB over Coax technology is available for OEMs looking to connect remote USB devices to their security, hospitality, and industrial solutions, utilizing any type of new or existing coaxial cabling.
Combining Icron’s ExtremeUSB® technology with EqcoLogic’s EQCO875SC and EQCO850SC coaxial cable transceivers produces a 480 Mbps USB 2.0 communications link over Coaxial cables at distances of up to 180 meters. The combined USB over Coax solution is bidirectional (half duplex), supports USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices, all USB transfer types, and also supports transmission of power over the cable to eliminate the need for local power at the USB device. USB over Coax is designed to work with several types of 50Ω and 75Ω coaxial cables including legacy cables as well as thin flexible lightweight cables.
“Icron has delivered tens of thousands of long distance USB connectivity solutions in the market, and EqcoLogic is pleased to partner with them to add Coax as another important transmission medium for ExtremeUSB®,” stated Zephra Freeman, VP Business Development at EqcoLogic.
“EqcoLogic’s EQCO850SC and EQCO875SC cable transceiver products have proven to be very reliable and resilient throughout our testing efforts,” said Brian Donnelly, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Icron. “Icron is looking forward to working with OEM customers requiring solutions for long distance USB connectivity over coaxial infrastructure.”
Applications of the USB over Coax technology include providing remote USB ports for inexpensive USB cameras or other security devices operating over existing coaxial infrastructure in buildings. Other markets for this technology include hospitality and industrial markets where existing coaxial cabling can be used as an advanced high-speed communications network for a variety of USB peripherals placed almost anywhere in the premise.
For OEM inquiries regarding USB over Coax solutions, please contact: email@example.com or +1 604 638 3920. For investor relations, contact: Todd Hamel, CFO, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 604 638 3932. For EqcoLogic, contact: Zeph Freeman, email@example.com, +1 972 360 7167.
About Icron Technologies Corp.
Icron Technologies (TSX-V:IT) is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance PC Video and USB extension solutions for commercial and industrial markets. Icron’s patented ExtremeUSB® technology extends the range of any USB peripheral device over Cat 5e, Wireless, Fiber and Powerline, at distances up to 25 miles (40km). Icron’s extension products are deployed in a wide range of applications including: digital home connectivity, industrial automation, medical imaging, aerospace, and KVM extension. Icron’s ExtremeUSB® technology is available in a variety of formats including branded and private-label products, OEM modules, and Integrated Circuits.
Icron is a publicly traded corporation and trades under the symbol “IT” on the TSX Venture Exchange. For more information on the company and its products, please visit www.icron.com.
EqcoLogic is a privately funded Belgian company, formed in 2005. Ecologic is a fab-less semiconductor vendor, developing and supplying cable Equalizer and Transceiver (transmitter and receiver) devices; the company also sub-licenses the core technology and product designs in certain markets. Along with exceptional signal recovery, EqcoLogic chips offer excellent operational tolerances and low power consumption. Designed for standard CMOS processes, the Analog circuits can also be integrated into other communications chips. EqcoLogic is targeting video, audio, automotive and server applications with a number of business partners. For more information on the company and its products, please visit www.eqcologic.com.
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