New ANT USB Dongle Enables Advance Communication Modes

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User experience enhanced with more functionality, more channels and lower cost

"Fundamentally, we're committed to simple, practical solutions that just work."

ANT Wireless today announces the availability of the ANT USB2 stick, the 2nd generation ANT USB dongles, that allows personal computer applications on both Windows and Mac OS. This improved user interface offers better connection to ANT sport, fitness and home health networks and sensors like heart rate and weight scale, and hubs such as watches.

The ANT USB2 stick incorporates the enhanced ANT core stack and supports up to 8 ANT channels. Application developers can now utilize these features to simplify pairing process, connect to more sensors at a time and offer a more robust data link. Advancements benefit the USB drivers:  ANT USB2 stick works with Apple's I/O Kit framework, so that additional driver installation is not required on Mac OS X machines.  The PC Windows driver is now certified by Windows Hardware Quality Labs and available through Windows update.

"We are continually improving our technology and expanding our toolkit and this new USB stick represents a key piece in our next generation connectivity solutions," declared Rod Morris, Director ANT Wireless.  "Fundamentally we're committed to simple, practical solutions that just work."

Key ANT AP2 Core Stack enhancements include:• High density node support:  up to 300 nodes at 1Hz Tx rate in same RF space• Frequency agility• Proximity search:  built-in device search and pairing mechanism• Scanning mode:  extremely low latency for asynchronous applications like remote control• Improved channel search:  with less impact to existing working channels• Channel ID management:  improved device pairing efficiency• Individual output power control per channel

To facilitate application developers, some software resources are now public and include the ANT network testing and debugging tool:  ANTwareII, and ANT library for Windows and Mac OS X.

The ANT USB2 stick has obtained RF regulatory approvals from the following countries and regions, United States, Europe, Canada, Russia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. ANT USB2 is immediately available today through ANT distribution channels in both ANT branded version and ANT+ OEM version.

About ANT™ / ANT+Proven and practical, the ANT 2.4 GHz wireless network minimizes power, integration costs and time to market.  It is designed for ease of use, efficiency, and scalability with an installed base of over four million nodes to date.  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).
The ANT+ ecosystem enables wireless connectivity in a new generation of consumer Personal Area Network (PAN) products with the ANT+ interoperability ecosystem.  Features include reliable and seamless data communications, flexible and adaptive network operation and cross-talk immunity.  All companies utilizing ANT+ interoperability are members of the open ANT+ Alliance, now representing 275+  companies.

The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc.  Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. 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.

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