Taking USB 2.0 beyond the desktop, wirelessly.

Since its introduction in the late 1990s, USB has become an enormous success, creating an
industry that has delivered billions of devices into the marketplace. USB has become a
computing technology and is the primary peripheral interface for connecting everything
from mice, keyboards and MP3 players to digital cameras and mobile phones to the PC.

USB is also finding a home in the industrial and commercial space as it continues to
replace many traditional serial connections (ie. RS-232, 485, 422) due to ease of use,
Plug and Play functionality, increased robustness and universal appeal. As USB
technologies expand beyond the desktop in applications other than originally intended,
there comes a need to provide the market with flexible solutions that can meet the varied
needs of the user.

Icron Technologies is focused on enabling users to connect USB devices wherever and when
ever needed. From long reach wired USB connectivity over CAT5 or fiber optics, to enabling
wireless connectivity at any distance,
Icron’s solutions enhance the value of USB while maintaining the ease of use that has made
the interface so successful.

Conforming to the USB Standard

As with any standards based technology, it is important that any solution maintains the
integrity of USB and continues to deliver on the simplicity of use that USB provides. All
of Icron’s solutions are all designed with USB 1.1 or 2.0 compatibility and compliance in

  • Plug and Play functionality – when a user plugs in a device to their PC via the USB
    port, it has to connect without any set up, configuration or intervention by the user.
  • Backward Compatible – once you have a USB device, it should work with all PCs, MACs,
    UNIX or Linux systems that you want to connect to, new and old.
  • Fast – at 480 Mbps, USB 2.0 is the one of the fastest Device to PC interface in the
    market today, and while many devices may not utilize
    the full potential of USB 2.0 operating at well under the maximum available speed, they
    still must conform to the standard.

Powered by ExtremeUSB® – USB Extension and Wireless USB Solutions

Icron’s ExtremeUSB® based solutions have been deployed into thousands of applications
that extend USB 1.1 or 2.0 connections beyond the standard desktop range of 5 meters to
more than 100m over UTP (Cat5) and up to 2km over fibre. ExtremeUSB does this with no
drivers, changes to the host controller or operating system, making it a cost effective
and user-friendly solution to implement.

Both consumers and manufacturers are also demanding a transparent cable replacement
solution that allows the user to simply unplug and go wireless. Until recently, this has
not been possible because commercially viable radio (RF) technologies did not offer
sufficient bandwidth to meet the high speeds (480 Mbps) that USB 2.0 requires.

ExtremeUSB™ – Wireless Edition applies specifically
to wireless implementations of USB, by managing the inherent delay, latency, bit errors
and power management characteristics
of wireless media to comply with USB. Not dependent on the actual radio subsystem to
implement a wireless USB connection, Icron’s solutions enable you to implement transparent
wireless USB 2.0 functionality into your products and applications over any media,
including: UWB, 802.11 b/g/a/n or any proprietary radio link.

WiRanger – Cable Free USB Hub

The company’s first wireless USB 2.0 over 802.11g solution in the market will be available
in the spring of 2007. This solution is the first in a family of Wireless USB solutions
over various radio subsystems to provide varying data rates and reach. Future product will
include an 802.11n version for higher data rates and long distances, and UWB versions
for short range, very high data rates.

Icron offers a family of products suitable for OEMs, distributors and end users. Whether
you wish to build ExtremeUSB technology into your own products, brand label an existing
design, or simply deploy a standard product, Icron has a solution that will fit your
needs. The company’s solutions are available in a variety of performance options and form
factors that suit the various USB low, full (USB 1.1) and high-speed (USB 2.0) operating
requirements of most devices.

Icron will also take on custom design projects to adapt an existing design or to create an
entirely new product that benefits from our in-depth knowledge of the USB specifications.

For more information visit our web site at www.icron.com

Contact Information

Icron Technologies Corporation

4664 Lougheed Hwy
Suite 221
Burnaby, BC, V5C 5T5

tele: 1.604.638.3920

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