Oslo, Norway - Oct. 18th, 2004
- Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announced that Cherry Corporation has selected Nordic's 2.4GHz RF-devices for their next generation wireless mouse/keyboard products. The nRF240X family of 2.4GHz products, with its high level of integration, low system cost and very low power consumption and ease of use, makes it a perfect fit for Cherry Corporation, a global leader in design, development and manufacturing of keyboards and computer mice.
The traditional PC with its peripherals as known from the offices and workroom space has evolved into a multi-media central of the home. This necessitates the need for longer range compared to what is offered by current 27MHz technology. The nRF24XX 2,4GHz RF solutions from Nordic matches the price level of existing solutions and at the same time offers a significant increase in effective range and likewise a decrease in power consumption, extending the battery life time.
The new Cherry Corporation mouse/keyboard solution will be released to the market Q1 2005.
"One of the most important points for a battery powered RF product is the power consumption. Because of the CMOS technology and the ShockBurstTM feature, the nRF24XX 2.4GHz solution can be used for ultra low power designs. In addition to this, only a few inexpensive external components must be added to the RF device, which makes the PCB design less critical. For a company with development and production in Europe, it is important to have technical support within the same time zone" says Hans-Jürgen Hanft, Computer Input Devices, Cherry.
"We have managed to establish Nordic as the market leader with respect to current consumption in the 2.4GHz RF market. The mouse/keyboard segment is one the most competitive and demanding consumer segments. The fact that a leading company like Cherry Corporation has chosen Nordic for their new mouse/keyboard solution proves that Nordic fulfil the requirements set by the key players in this market" says Roger Pedersen, Regional Sales Manager at Nordic Semiconductor ASA. About the Cherry Corporation
The Cherry Corporation manufactures proprietary and custom electrical switches, sensors,
electronic keyboards and controls for the worldwide automotive, computer, consumer and
commercial markets. The company has two operating divisions in the United States and
seven wholly owned subsidiaries in Germany, England, France, Australia, Czech Republic,
Mexico and Hong Kong. Cherry also has a 50-50 joint venture in India, TVS Cherry Limited. About Nordic Semiconductor
Founded in 1983, Nordic Semiconductor has evolved steadily from the traditional ASIC design house into a leading European fabless semiconductor supplier. With world-class IC design expertise focused on RF/mixed-mode and advanced back-end/physical design capabilities, Nordic is currently marketing and selling three products: a ground-breaking portfolio of standard components for wireless communication, high performance dataconverter IPs and custom design and manufacturing services (ASIC). With the ultra compact 2.4GHz transceiver and transmitter families, nRF24XX, the company has established itself as a market leader within the wireless personal interface segment comprising applications such as gamepads, keyboard/mouse and sports equipment. Nordic's products are manufactured on ultra modern technologies through strong relationships with world leading manufacturing facilities and are sold through a world-wide distribution network. The company has offices in Trondheim and Oslo, Norway as well as in Hong Kong and is listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange (OSX: NOD). All operations are managed according to the ISO 9001-approved quality assurance system.