QuickUSB Module offers 20 megabytes/sec transfer rates

by Toni McConnel , TechOnline India - September 08, 2010

The QuickUSB Module from Bitwise Systems is designed to make adding Hi-speed USB 2.0 to new or existing products fast and easy. Under ordinary circumstances, implementing a USB peripheral requires a functional understanding of the USB protocol as well as a considerable amount of firmware and software development and stringent compliance testing.

September 7, 2010

Goleta, Calif. - The QuickUSB Module from Bitwise Systems is designed to make adding Hi-speed USB 2.0 to new or existing products fast and easy. Under ordinary circumstances, implementing a USB peripheral requires a functional understanding of the USB protocol as well as a considerable amount of firmware and software development and stringent compliance testing. The QuickUSB Module provides an alternative for adding hi-speed USB 2.0 for speeds as much as 40X faster than USB 1.1.

The new module integrates all the hardware, firmware, and software needed to implement a general-purpose USB endpoint into a simple plug-in module and development library. The module may be used as a development station when combined with the QuickUSB Adapter Board or QuickUSB Evaluation Board. It may also be designed as a plug-in module for new products, or designed directly into new products and licensed using the QuickUSB iChipPack or QuickUSB EEPROMs.

The QuickUSB module contains parallel and serial hardware ports that are connected to circuits within the peripheral. The QuickUSB library included with the module provides user-callable software functions that transfer data to and from the hardware ports over the USB. The designer then obtains multiple ports of flexible, high-speed USB connectivity without requiring a prior in-depth knowledge of USB.

QuickUSB differs from other USB modules in that it performs high-speed data transfers of 20 megabytes/sec or more via its high-speed parallel port. This makes QuickUSB suitable for high-performance USB peripherals such as FPGA, DSP or microcontroller based data acquisition systems.

The QuickUSB QUSB2 Module is a 2” x 1-1/2” circuit board that weighs 0.1 lbs. and implements a bus-powered Hi-speed USB 2.0 endpoint terminating in a single 80-pin target interface connector. The target interface consists of one 8- or 16-bit high-speed parallel port; up to five general-purpose 8-bit parallel I/O ports; two RS-232 ports; one I2C master port; one SPI master port; one FPGA configuration port (Altera PS or Xilinx SS); 2 KB of user-available, non-volatile memory; and software, libraries and drivers for Windows 32/64, Linux and Mac OS X.

The QuickUSB Module QUSB2 is available now in small quantities and is priced at $149.00 ea. For volume arrangements, email sales@quickusb.com.

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