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Harman Kardon® Wireless Music Browsing Controller Uses Cypress’s PRoC™ LP Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip


Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that Harman Kardon® has employed Cypress’s PRoC™ LP programmable radio-system-on-a-chip in its ergonomic remote control for the Drive + Play 2 Mobile Media Manager. The award-winning PRoC LP integrates Cypress’s robust WirelessUSB™ LP 2.4-GHz transceiver and enCoRe™ II 8-bit reprogrammable Flash microcontroller (MCU), reducing design time and board space requirements while enabling a sleek design for the Drive + Play 2’s wireless controller.

Harman Kardon’s second generation in-car aftermarket infotainment system provides users with a menu of media options on a 3.5-inch color display for their dashboard or windshield, and is compatible with Apple’s iPod®, SIRIUS® Satellite radio, Bluetooth® phones, as well as USB flash memory drives. The new wireless controller greatly simplifies installation and allows for scrolling of menu options with the high-quality RF performance and industry-leading interference immunity of Cypress’s WirelessUSB protocol.

“The Drive + Play 2 Mobile Media Manager further validates Harman Kardon as a leader in developing innovative audio products for automotive infotainment and the living room,” said Dan Benyamin, Vice President of Engineering at Harman Kardon. “Cypress’s PRoC LP device is a valuable component for the robust, compact design of the Drive + Play 2’s wireless remote and enables users the freedom and flexibility to install the controller wherever they want.”

“Our robust 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB technology is becoming the de facto wireless standard for keyboards and mice,” said Matt Branda, senior product marketing manager of Cypress’s Wireless Solutions. “PRoC LP’s inclusion in a leading-edge product such as the Drive + Play 2 is an indication of strong market acceptance beyond the HID area.” Cypress recently announced that WirelessUSB LP and PRoC LP have earned over 175 design wins in under a year.


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