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ITHACA, NY, February 5, 2013 – MCCI® Corporation, a leading developer of USB drivers and firmware for the high-volume personal computer and portable device markets, today announced that its TrueTask® USB device software platform is now available for PLX Technology’s (PLX) USB 3.0 controllers.

TrueTask USB is a highly portable, fast, efficient platform designed to support a variety of hardware.  With today’s announcement, designers using PLX® USB SuperSpeed controllers have a solid USB platform for creation of a wide variety of peripherals, including tablets, portable media players, video conferencing systems, PCs, notebooks, mobile phones, and more.

“Platforms, unlike stacks, have APIs that are stable across releases and can be reused across changes in device controller silicon,” said Terry Moore, CEO, MCCI. “MCCI’s USB device stack is portable to any embedded system without source code changes, so it saves considerable time and costs for system integrators, unlike stacks where you have to re-code for each product and each update. System integrators can leverage their investments for quicker time-to-market and profit.”

“TrueTask USB is a complete end-to-end solution that includes the services and expertise essential to effective design with PLX’s USB 3.0 controllers,” said Jimmy Chou, marketing director for USB products at PLX “Designers could spend time porting another vendor’s USB stack, or develop one in-house, but MCCI’s solution is pre-tested and pre-verified, enabling a focus not just on USB connectivity but also on product differentiation.”

PLX USB controllers offer superior performance, strict compliance to industry standards and dramatic power savings.  They’re widely used in: printers, portable media players, GPS systems, TV tuners, PCs, laptops, notebooks, WLAN devices, mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders.

MCCI offers design consultation, integration and customization services and is one of only nine certified USB-IF test houses worldwide, offering extensive testing and verification services for USB developers. MCCI’s USB software has been tested with tens of thousands of devices, and is installed in over one billion USB devices. The global USB installed base is vast, with over ten billion devices shipped to date and hundreds of thousands of different kinds of devices, which have been deployed in nearly one-billion products.

The solution is available for Windows, Windows Embedded, Windows CE, Linux, and real-time operating systems, and embedded systems without operating systems. 

About PLX
PLX Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLXT), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is the industry-leading global provider of semiconductor-based PCI Express connectivity solutions primarily targeting enterprise data center markets.  The company develops innovative software-enriched silicon that enables product differentiation, reliable interoperability and superior performance.  Visit PLX on plxtech.com, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About MCCI
MCCI is a leading developer of embedded USB software for the high-volume personal computer and portable device markets. Customers include some of the world’s biggest brands in telecom, wireless, embedded and consumer devices including Qualcomm, Intel, Apple and Sony. Nearly one billion products have been delivered with MCCI technology. MCCI experts are actively involved in worldwide Technical Standards activities. A privately held corporation, MCCI has its headquarters in Ithaca, NY, with additional offices in New York City, India, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. For more information, please visit http://www.mcci.com/.
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Note to Editors: MCCI and TrueTask are registered trademarks of MCCI Corporation. Other names mentioned are owned by their respective holders. 

Contacts:
MCCI
Terry Moore
+1-607-277-1029
tmm@mcci.com

Rainier Communications for MCCI
Karen Quatromoni, 508-475-0025 ext. 150
Mobile: 978-855-0412
kquatromoni@rainierco.com

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EE Times ran a new article by MCCI CEO Terry Moore, "Measuring HSIC USB without disturbing the system". Based on experience gained by MCCI with the Catena 1910 HSIC USB protocol analyzer/generator, the article summarizes the problems involved with measuring HSIC USB signals, and summarizes how MCCI approached the problems.

MCCI Ships Catena® 2210

MCCI's Catena 2210 is shipping now.   It is designed for testing and evaluating NCM 1.0 compatible host systems. The Catena 2210 has two USB Network Control Model ("NCM") devices. These devices create a bridge between two USB hosts. Validation testing is made possible by connecting a test control computer to the USB host being tested. Ethernet traffic from the test host is transferred through the Catena 2210 device to the control host, and vice versa.  It has been selected by the Car Connectivity Consortium (formerly Terminal Mode Consortium) (www.carconnectivity.org) as a component of their testsuite for car electronics and other systems that use Terminal Mode for providing a remote desktop and user interface for smart phones and other intelligent mobile devices. 

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MCCI, HSIC, and MIPI in the News

Developments in interconnect, or chip-to-chip, communication technologies are a crucial part of high-speed mobile device development. In its discussion of SMSC's patented Inter-Chip Connectivity (ICC) technology, a recent article in the EE Times mentioned MCCI's "protocol analyzer" and HSIC verification tool, which we call the MCCI Catena® 1910 HSIC. ICC is a chip-to-chip interface that uses USB data transfer protocols over a maximum bus length of 10 cm. ICC was standardized by the USB-IF in 2010. The Catena 1910 captures, traces, and analyzes data transferred over this interface.

Another recent press release discussed the MIPI Alliance's High Speed Interface (HSI) specification, which provides for an improved on-chip-interconnect solution intended to compete with SMSC's ICC. If you're going to work with MIPI, take a look at the Catena 1910 MIPI. The 1910 MIPI can act both as a passive receiver and as a transmitter/verifier.
On Friday July 9, 2010, MCCI-Japan's press release went out over the wire with more details about MCCI's upcoming seminar and product demos at the Wireless Japan expo.  Read more at Kyodo News Wire. Read more at www.mcci.com
On July 14 - July 16, MCCI will exhibit at Wireless Japan. We will demonstrate two different MCCI ExpressDisk™ Driver products:

The MCCI ExpressDisk BOT Driver utilizes the Windows-provided SCSIport/Storport Driver to deliver better performance. The driver combines multiple Read/Write requests into a single request to achieve the highest throughput, achieving up to a 30% better performance when compared to other BOT drivers.

The MCCI ExpressDisk UAS Driver is a complete replacement for Mass Storage Class and utilizes the Windows-provided SCSIport/Storport Driver to achieve maximum data throughput speed. The MCCI ExpressDisk UAS Driver can achieve 300% of BOT throughput.

We will also demonstrate the MCCI Catena® 1910. This Catena is an HSIC (High Speed Inter-Chip USB) Device, Host Emulator, and Protocol Analyzer. It allows an HSIC host/device pair and supporting software to execute in a local, real-time environment, and includes USB transaction-level data capture. It is connected to a host PC and controlled via PCIe. In "Host mode - Analyzer," the PC software views the UUT (Unit Under Test) as a HS USB device. In "Analyzer Mode" the Catena 1910 supports traffic capture of the HSIC bus for traffic flowing between two other HSIC devices, e.g. an applications processor and a modem. The Catena 1910 supports all standard USB operational characteristics, including LPM. The demonstration will show operation with an HSIC hub and mass storage device.

On July 15, MCCI is sponsoring a seminar "Advances in USB,"  also at the Big Sight. Speakers at the July 15 seminar are:

  • MCPC Secretary General Masahiro Hataguchi ("Welcome") 
  • ASMedia Senior AVP of Marketing Weber Chuang ("USB 3.0 Market Status and Achievements Today")
  • TI Consumer and Computer Interface/Senior Member of Technical Staff, Systems and Architecture Grant Ley ("Advances in USB Storage")
  • MCCI Senior Standards Architect Geert Knapen ("Audio-Video (AV) Over USB")
  • MCCI CEO Terry Moore ("USB 3.0 Software Architecture and Implementation Issues")

Go to http://www.expocomm.com/wirelessjapan/confreg.html to register. You must register to attend the seminar. Use the "Conference Registration" button on this page.
 
You need not register to attend the exhibition. Come visit MCCI in booth B-205 in the Big Sight's East Halls 4 and 5.

Verification Solutions

A few weeks ago, MCCI CEO Terry Moore participated in a Roundtable Discussion on the Role of Software in System-Level Verification, moderated by Chip Design Magazine's Ed Sperling.

Read what Moore and other industry leaders have to say about low-power engineering in Sperling's "Experts at the Table" column: Part I and Part II.
Online registration for the SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference ends Thursday, March 25!
After this date, only on-site registration will be available at US$445 for USB-IF members and US$695 for non-members.

This is your opportunity to hear from the creators of SuperSpeed USB and obtain key information about how to incorporate it into your product roadmaps.

Come visit MCCI at Booth 44!
MCCI CEO Terry Moore will participate in a Roundtable Discussion on the Role of Software in System-Level Verification at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Tuesday, March 30. Other participants include Frank Schirrmeister (Synopsys), Shabtay Matalon (Mentor), and Bill Neifert (Carbon). Ed Sperling, Editor-in-Chief of  System-Level Design Community, will publish a transcript of the proceedings in that forum within two weeks of the event.

Here's an abstract of the theme under discussion:

The ongoing shift of project efforts from hardware to software in the era of multiple processor cores on a chip has significant impact on verification itself. More and more developers report that they use software on the embedded processors to verify the surrounding hardware. It is not only co-verification of hardware and software, the techniques to verify both seem to cause a melting process between both worlds of verification at the system-level. This roundtable will explore the role of software for verification and analyze the impact it will have on verification going forward.

SNUG_DCE_web_graphic.jpgMCCI will showcase its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 software solution as well as the USB 2.0 and 3.0 tools used by Synopsys experts and industry technical leaders at the 20th Anniversary Synopsys Users Group Meeting (SNUG) in the Santa Clara Convention Center, March 29 - March 31, 2010. SNUG is Silicon Valley's largest technical conference, drawing 2,000 Synopsys technology users. 100M units of Synopsys IP run on MCCI software. Take a look at what's planned and come visit MCCI in Booth 44.