Keyssa Reinvents I/O to Pave the Path for New Consumer
and Industrial Product Designs
Campbell, Calif. – November 19, 2018 – Keyssa®, the leader in high-speed, contactless connectivity, today announced its Virtual Pipe I/O (VPIO) architecture that enables I/O to scale with processor/memory performance and allows product designers to develop new classes of products. Additionally, Keyssa’s previously announced next-generation solid-state connector, the KSS104M is now in mass production and designed into products in multiple markets slated for launch in 2019.
Unlike almost every other aspect of mobile and computer hardware design, the connector has remained undisrupted for decades which has put a limit on innovations within application designs. EMI, RFI, and ESD design issues with connectors have only gotten worse as communication speeds have increased, managing protocols and signals both internally and externally has become more challenging, devices have gotten smaller, and too many protocol connections limit system scalability and grows the overall cost. Mechanical connectors cannot scale with increasing processor and memory performance.
“With our Kiss Connector, Keyssa transformed an industrial-era mechanical technology into a solid-state device,” says Eric Almgren, CEO of Keyssa. “With VPIO, we are reaching further into the system to address the source of I/O shortcomings and solve the fundamental issue of I/O inefficiencies.”
Keyssa is making available its VPIO architecture to system architects, SoCs, processors, and system partners. VPIO has been designed to take in low- and high-speed signals from any protocol and aggregate them into one virtual channel over a “virtual pipe,” transmit the aggregated signals to their destination and disaggregate on the other side. The separate pads, pins, and PHYs required for specific protocols can now be combined into one pipe and transmitted over one or more standard SerDes or Keyssa RF link, which increases overall system performance and decreases cost.
“Every chip and system designer struggles with an immutable fact: there is no Moore’s Law for pins,” says Ajay Bhatt, former chief I/O architect for Intel and co-architect, VPIO, Keyssa. “And with the myriad of low- and high-speed legacy protocols that exist in every processor and every system, I/O cannot scale with processor and memory performance. VPIO provides a viable and effective way for I/O to scale by replacing pads with gates, providing both I/O flexibility and scalability.”
KSS104M in Mass Production; Enabled Products to be Launched in 2019
The KSS104M, the latest in Keyssa’s Kiss Connectivity solutions and the only solid-state contactless connector on the market, is now in mass production. The KSS104M is a tiny, low-cost, low-power, solid-state electromagnetic connector that enables large amounts of data to be securely transferred between devices at very high speeds. The KSS104M can be easily integrated into customers’ end products without requiring any changes to their software or firmware, by supporting industry standard high-speed data and video protocols.
Keyssa’s solid-state connectors have been designed into products in different market segments slated to be launched in 2019, including mobile phones, displays, automotive applications, robotic surgery, factory automation, and data center applications. One such application, which will be shown on the floor of CES 2019, uses a matrix of Keyssa’s Kiss Connectors to drive 96 gigabits per second of video data wirelessly from a video processing unit to an 8K panel, enabling the world’s thinnest UHDTV.
For more information on VPIO, go to VPIO.org
Keyssa’s Technology to be Demonstrated at CES, 2019
Keyssa will demonstrate its technology at CES, 2019 at the Westgate Hotel, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. To reserve a time, or for more information on Keyssa technology, please contact Keyssa at email@example.com.
Founded in 2009, Keyssa, Inc. developed its breakthrough Kiss Connectivity solution, based on a proprietary solid-state connector that uses Extremely High Frequency (EHF) radio waves to provide low-power, high-speed data transfer – securely and directly. With over 250 patent filings, and with its VPIO technology, Keyssa has reinvented I/O. Keyssa is managed by an experienced team of multidisciplinary technologists and standards experts. Keyssa’s investors include Alsop Louie, Dolby Family Ventures, Foxconn, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, NantWorks, SK hynix, Intel Capital, Neuberger Berman, and Samsung.
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