Keyssa Announces Reference Design to Support Contactless Connectivity in 2 in 1 Devices


2 in 1s No Longer Constrained by Mechanical Devices for High-Speed Data Transfers


San Diego, Calif.  – October 24, 2016 – Keyssa, a leader in high-speed, contactless connectivity, today announced at the Intel Capital Global Summit the availability of the industry’s first reference platform for high-speed contactless connectivity for the 2 in 1 detachable market. The new contactless solution uses Keyssa’s Kiss Connectors to deliver high-speed I/O between tablet and dock with speeds up to 5Gbps for USB SuperSpeed, providing the I/O speed of a PC without sacrificing the beauty and elegance of an ultra-thin form factor.

“We clearly see 2 in 1 devices taking market share from traditional laptops,” said Eric Almgren, CEO of Keyssa. “But in order for 2 in 1s to make inroads in the enterprise market, they need to increase their performance, including high-speed I/O between tablet and base. Traditional mechanical connectors, including pogo pins, aren’t up to the challenge. This Reference Design combines high-speed performance with stylish design for the next generation of 2 in 1 detachables.”

Central to the reference design are Keyssa’s Kiss Connectors, which are tiny, low-power, solid-state connectors that can be embedded inside a product, and securely move huge files between devices. Once the connectors are attached inside the case of the tablet and corresponding base, the tablet and base have the ability to transmit and receive USB SuperSpeed signals at 5Gbps. With Kiss Connectivity, Keyssa has unleashed a new era that will change the way devices communicate and free engineers to design devices in entirely new ways.

“Intel-based 2 in 1 devices enable incredible flexibility to fit the way people work and play, with sleek designs that offer no-compromise performance,” said Chris Walker, Vice President of Intel’s Client Computing Group and General Manager of Mobile Client Platforms. “The availability of Keyssa’s reference design for high-speed, contactless connectivity for 2 in 1s brings new capabilities designers can utilize to create exciting devices.”

The reference design for 2 in 1 detachables brings the following benefits:

  • – Secure, point-to-point connection at extremely high frequency (EHF) without wires or metal connectors, eliminating noise commonly found in
    implementations with pogo pins
  • – Protocol-agnostic, capable of high-speed data transfer supporting USB at 5Gbps and DisplayPort at 5.4Gbps
  • – Bi-directional
  • – Supports low-speed applications allowing for the aggregation of multiple mechanical connectors into a single bi-directional connection
  • – Design-friendly form factor

“We saw the first use of Kiss Connectors to solve this specific problem when Acer announced their Aspire Switch 12 S earlier this year.” said Almgren. “With that design, Acer was able to produce their sleekest 2 in 1 design to date, without sacrificing on performance and reliability. We realized that this represented a huge opportunity for OEMs who want to build high-performance 2 in 1 products. This was the genesis for the Reference Design.”

The Keyssa Reference Design allows customers to rapidly deliver differentiated products to consumers who are looking for high-performance 2 in 1s. To learn more about Keyssa’s 2 in 1 Reference Design, please contact


About Keyssa

Founded in 2009, Keyssa, Inc. developed its breakthrough Kiss Connectivity solution, based on a proprietary solid-state connector that uses Extremely High Frequencies (EHF) to provide low-power, high-speed data transfer – securely and simply. With over 200 patent filings, Keyssa reinvented the connector. Managed by an experienced team of multidisciplinary technologists and standards experts, Keyssa’s investors include Alsop Louie, Dolby Family Ventures, Foxconn, SK hynix, Intel Capital, Nantworks, Neuberger Berman, and Samsung. Learn more at

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