Epson Updates 16bit MCU "C17" Series Emulator to Include Support for ANT ULP Wireless Connectivity

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Newly integrated development environment provides seamless interface for small form factor, battery powered mobile devices.

ANT Wireless (http://www.thisisant.com), a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc. ("ANT") and Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") today announced the inclusion of the ANTâ„¢ ultra low power (ULP) wireless module interface in Epson's updated C17 development platform. This seamless path to ultra-low power wireless offers a newly integrated development environment with Epson's C17 MCU.

"Epson is the world leader in portable device LCD control," stated Brian Macdonald, Director - ANT. "By providing support for ANT radio integration on the C17 development platform we combine the best in LCD display control with ULP wireless connectivity. Consumer products today demand high functionality and efficient wireless and this combination delivers that optimized solution."

Already in use by leading manufacturers of LCD display sport watches, this unique platform allows rapid development of low power wireless applications using the ANT protocol. It works with Nordic's AP1 and LO1 radio chips and equips designers with all the necessary tools required to interface ANT radios to the C17 MCU. The ANT DKT3 has also been upgraded to include reference code for interface to the C17 MCU.

"Epson is pleased to partner with ANT in this critical advancement," remarked Hideaki Yokouchi, GM of the IC Sensor ASSP Business Promotion Dept., Seiko Epson. "ANT is the leading ultra-low power wireless solution available and when combined with the C17 MCU, it enables rapid development of state of the art products."

Global chip provider Nordic Semiconductor of Norway remains committed to efficient ULP solutions according to Svenn-Tore Larsen, CEO of ULP RF specialist, Nordic. "The availability of an ANT module in Epson's C17 MCU development platform means engineers can now utilize an RF design tool that combines a proven ULP wireless protocol (ANT), class-leading 2.4GHz ULP transceivers (Nordic), and an MCU technical design environment (Epson) targeted specifically at small ULP mobile device applications," comments Svenn-Tore Larsen. "This will significantly ease the design challenge and minimize risk."

Proven and practical, the ANT 2.4 GHz wireless network:

  • optimizes ultra-low power sensor network applications in sport, fitness, wellness, and home health monitoring.
  • features reliable data communications, flexible and adaptive network operation and cross-talk immunity
  • enables wireless connectivity in a new generation of consumer Personal Area Network products with the    ANT+ interoperability ecosystem
  • is a proven, robust protocol with an installed base of over three million nodes

Special features of the Epson SVT17705:

  • Built-in A/D converter with ultra-low power consumption enables control of various sensors used in healthcare equipment such as body temperature, blood pressure, body composition, etc.
  • LCD driver supports enhanced segment display to achieve enriched expression
  • Low power consumption dramatically increases battery life

Further information on the SVT17705 is available at:
http://www.epson.jp/device/semicon_e/product/mcu/16bit/index.htm

About ANTâ„¢ / ANT+
Designed for ease of use, efficiency, scalability and ultra-low power, ANT enables sensors to operate for up to three years on a coin cell (CR2032) battery. Based on a Time Domain Multiple Access (TDMA)-like adaptive isochronous network technology, ANT easily handles peer-to-peer, star, tree and practical mesh topologies (with a capability of up to 65,536 slave nodes talking to one master over a time slot shared single channel). ANT's protocol stack physical layer is extremely compact, requiring minimal microcontroller resources and considerably reducing system costs.

The ANT+ managed network is the first available technology that facilitates the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of complete personal sport, fitness and home health data. ANT+ defines the structure of the data payload with device profiles, allowing products to communicate seamlessly. The ANT+ Member Alliance currently features over 110 global companies. http://www.thisisant.com

The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin International Inc. in December 2006. Dynastream is based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, and is a world innovator in the research and development of inertial and wireless technology. http://www.dynastream.com

About Epson
Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.

Epson is a network of 93,279 employees in 107 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1,347 billion yen in fiscal 2007.

For enquiries, please locate your regional Epson electronic device sales office at:
http://www.epson.jp/device/e/device_worldwide.htm

Media Contacts:
ANT+ Marketing: Catherine Aylesworth            Seiko Epson Corp.
Phone: +1 403 932 9292 ext 226            Brand Strategy & Communications
Fax: +1 403 932 6521                    
Cell: +1 403 651 0335                    http://www.epson.co.jp/e/
http://www.thisisant.com

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