Electronics & Computers

Avago Announces New Optical Interface

January 6, 2010

The miniature finger navigation input system provides high-precision cursor control for a wide range of cell phones and portable electronic devices.

SAN JOSE, CA, and SINGAPORE -- Avago Technologies, a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial, and consumer applications, announced a new miniature optical finger navigation (OFN) input system for use in a variety of mobile and consumer electronic devices. Avago's OFN solution is user-friendly and targets designers of electronic devices, such as mobile phones, MP3 players, ultra-miniature PCs, game pads, digital cameras, and keyboards.

Building on its optical navigation sensor technology pioneered in 1997, Avago's OFN features a low-power architecture and power management modes, making it ideal for use in battery- and power-sensitive applications. Moreover, it is capable of high-speed motion detection of up to 15 in. per second. It also has an on-chip oscillator and integrated LED to minimize external components. Due to the fact that there are no moving parts in this OFN solution, end-users benefit from a device that is highly reliable and requires little or no maintenance. Additionally, precision optical alignment is not required, enabling high volume assembly.

Since 2007, all major cell phone manufacturers have begun to replace 5-way rocker switches and trackballs with OFN solutions. With the successful adoption of OFN, manufacturers are now shipping millions of cell phones and other handheld electronic devices to customers throughout the world with this innovative technology. To date, Avago has shipped a combined total of over a billion optical navigation sensors to a wide range of global customers.

Key OFN Features

  • Low-power architecture
  • Surface-mount technology device
  • Self-adjusting power-saving modes for longer battery life
  • Self-adjusting frame rate for optimum performance
  • Motion detect pin output
  • Internal oscillator—no clock input needed
  • Selectable 250, 500, 750, 1000 and 1250 cpi resolution or auto
  • Dual 2.8 V/1.8 V or single 2.8 V supply options
  • Selectable I/O voltage at 2.8 V or 1.8 V nominal
  • Serial peripheral interface or two-wire interface
  • Integrated chip-on-board LED compliant to eye safety standards
  • Pb-Free and RoHS compliant

With many years of research and development, Avago has secured hundreds of issued patents for its optical navigation intellectual property. As a result, the company is committed to serving its customers through continued investments in OFN innovation and technology leadership. No patent licenses have been granted, thus only products containing Avago components will receive a royalty-free license to its patent portfolio.

About Avago
Avago Technologies is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial, and consumer applications. By leveraging its core competencies in III-V compound and silicon semiconductor design and processing, the company provides an extensive range of analog, mixed-signal, and optoelectronics components and subsystems to approximately 40,000 end customers. Backed by strong customer service support, the company's products serve four diverse end markets: wireless communications, wired infrastructure, industrial and automotive electronics, and consumer and computing peripherals. Avago has a global employee presence and heritage of technical innovation dating back 40 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots.

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