Keyssa Announces Contactless Connectivity Solutions Designed for Mobile Applications

KeyssaKeyssa, a leader in high-speed, contactless connectivity, has announced its next-generation component connector product, the KSS104M, delivered in an ultra-compact 3 x 3 mm footprint and featuring improved electrical and mechanical allowances for ease of design in, drastic reduction in power, and support for many industry standard high-speed protocols. Keyssa will also be releasing the KSS104M-CW (Connected World), a ready-to-use contactless connectivity module that includes all the system-critical electromagnetic and mechanical requirements to implement the KSS104M in mobile and other system products.

The KSS104M is the latest in the line of Keyssa’s Kiss Connectivity solutions, which are tiny, low-cost, low-power, solid-state electromagnetic connectors that enable large amounts of data to be securely transferred between devices at very high speeds. As with prior generations, the KSS104M can be easily integrated into customers’ end products without requiring any changes to their software or firmware, by supporting several industry standard high-speed data and video protocols. The KSS104-CW, an electromagnetic module system based on the KSS104M, addresses power delivery, mechanical attach mechanisms, electromagnetic channel design including, waveguides case properties (including colors and finish) and materials requirements. This module can be used across multiple application spaces enabling faster time-to-market utilizing highly-reliable contactless connectors.

The KSS104M-CW represents commercialization of Keyssa’s vision to free the mobile phone from annoying cables, eliminate unreliable mechanical connectors and the interference they create, provide data throughput that far exceeds what is available on wireless networks, and ultimately unleash industrial design innovation previously blocked by traditional connectors.

Consumers and manufacturers have always begrudgingly accepted the need for mechanical connectors. Keyssa has spent 9 years in R&D to understand all the technical requirements needed to implement high-speed contactless connectivity in mobile products. After countless man hours and the filing of 250 patents, they developed the KSS104M and the KSS104M-CW. This compelling connector-free capability is available to manufacturers who want ease of implementation and testability, enabling very high volume and confidence in system yield and reliability.

With the KSS104M, they have focused on extending their leadership in contactless connectivity by combining performance and power and delivering it in an extremely tiny footprint, ideal for embedding in compact mobile or embedded IoT devices. Further, the KSS104M has been designed to deliver very high customer system yields due to its high reliability and industry-leading mechanical allowance that simplifies high-volume manufacturing.

Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), an investor in Keyssa, is working to help bring Keyssa’s product to market by building high-speed contactless connector modules (KSS104M-CW) that can be integrated into systems. 

Keyssa’s contactless connectivity solution represents a completely new and disruptive form of device connectivity, free from wires. With the KSS104M’s advantages in contactless signal connectivity, it is expected that by integrating the KSS104M with power and mechanical attach mechanisms in a contactless connectivity module, the module can be used across multiple application spaces enabling faster time-to-market and highly reliable contactless connectors.

The KSS104M-CW has been designed with the Connected World initiative in mind. Their ecosystem partners need to know that high-speed connectivity can be easily and reliably implemented in systems, with extremely high system yield, in volumes in the range of hundreds of millions, and at a very low system BOM (bill of materials).

Beyond the technical improvements of the KSS104 product line, the KSS104M key features include:

  • 3 x 3mm package with integrated antennae
  • Support for multiple high-speed video and data protocols including USB 2.0
  • Operates at speeds up to 6Gbps
  • Very low system BOM (bill of materials)
  • High reliability and high customer system yields

The KSS104M is currently running through extensive high-volume manufacturing qualification across tolerances, temperature, humidity, drop test, protocol backward compatibility (USB), movement, vibration, and other high-volume mobile qualifications. The KSS104M is currently sampling to customers.

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