Icron and Intersil to Demonstrate Industry's First 20-Meter USB 3.0 Extension Cable at CES 2011

Icron and Intersil's Joint Development Delivers Longest USB 3.0 Cable for Fast Growing Home, Office and Industrial Markets

Media Contacts:  
Icron Technologies   Intersil Corporation
Susan Kirk        Carolyn Robinson
1 (604) 315-9959   1 (408) 546-3751
susan.kirk@icron.com   crobinson@intersil.com

BURNABY, BC and MILPITAS, CA, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Icron Technologies (TSX Venture: IT), providers of high performance video and USB extension solutions, and Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: ISIL), today announced they will be demonstrating their jointly-developed, industry's first 20-meter USB 3.0 extension cable designed for home connectivity, digital signage, medical imaging and industrial automation applications at CES 2011 (Icron booth: South Hall 1 Lower Level 20560).

Icron and Intersil jointly developed the 20-meter USB 3.0 high-performance extension cable that delivers full 5Gbps of USB 3.0 throughput over 20 meters — well beyond the 3 meter cables currently available in the market today. Key to achieving such high performance levels is Intersil's Q:Active™ analog signal processing IC running 5Gbps data rate while extending the reach of USB 3.0 superspeed signals. Additionally, the cable incorporates Icron's LionsGate IC, featuring ExtremeUSB® technology, which enables extending signals for all USB 1.1/2.0 devices over the entire 20-meter length of the cable.

The 20-meter USB 3.0 extension cable is fully compatible with USB 1.1, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices. Unique features of the 20-meter USB 3.0 extension cable include support for USB 3.0 at 5Gbps, USB 2.0 at 480Mbps and USB 1.1 at 12Mbps. It also powers remote devices with 5V/150mA power, supports USB hubs and is bus-powered from the host PC (no external power supply required).

"USB is the most successful computer peripheral interface in the world with over 10 billion devices shipped in the market to date," said Huibert Verhoeven, Vice President and General Manager, High-Speed Products Group at Intersil. "Icron and Intersil's new 20-meter USB 3.0 cable development shows how consumers can have ultimate flexibility in deploying new USB 3.0 devices wherever they want without distance limitations."

"By combining two best of breed technologies, Intersil's Q:Active technology and Icron's ExtremeUSB®  technology, we were able to jointly develop an extended reach USB cable that not only is the industry's first and supports new and legacy USB devices, but also serves the different markets and applications in the home and office." said Robert Haefling, CEO at Icron Technologies.

Applications of the 20-meter USB 3.0 extension cable include:

  • Remote video terminals with touch screens
  • Remote external hard drives
  • iPod/Smartphone synching stations
  • High-definition security cameras
  • Multi-room USB audio systems
  • Industrial and medical machine control

Availability
The 20-meter USB 3.0 extension cable is currently sampling to key OEMs. For more information, please visit www.icron.com/USB 3.0. Intersil's Q:Active technology is showcased at http://www.intersil.com/activecables/.

About Icron Technologies Corp.

Icron Technologies (TSX-V:IT) is an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of high performance video and USB extension solutions for commercial and industrial markets worldwide. Icron's patented ExtremeUSB® technology extends PC Video and USB devices over many media types including Cat 5, Fiber, Wireless, DisplayPort, Coax, Powerline, and over a corporate LAN. Icron's extension products are deployed in a wide range of applications such as digital home connectivity, industrial automation, medical imaging, aerospace, interactive digital signage, remote desktop extension, security and surveillance, enterprise computing, isolated USB, and point-of-sale markets, or anywhere where a PC needs to be remotely located from a display or peripheral device.

Icron is a publicly traded corporation and trades under the symbol "IT" on the TSX Venture Exchange. For more information on the company and its products, please visit www.icron.com.

For more information about Icron:

For media inquiries or photos, contact: Susan Kirk, susan.kirk@icron.com, +1 604 315 9959.

For investor relations, contact: Todd Hamel, CFO, todd.hamel@icron.com, +1 604 638 3932.

About Intersil

Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog, mixed signal and power management semiconductors. The Company's products address some of the fastest growing markets within the communications, computing, consumer and industrial industries. For more information about Intersil or to find out how to become a member of our winning team, visit the Company's web site and career page at www.intersil.com.

For more information about Intersil, please contact Gourgen Oganessyan, goganess@intersil.com.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:  Except for statements of historical fact, all statements in this news release―including, without limitation, statements regarding financial estimates and future plans and objectives of Icron―are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

Intersil, the Intersil logo and Q:Active are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intersil Corporation. All other brands, product names and marks are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks used to identify products or services of their respective owners.

SOURCE Icron Technologies Corporation

For further information:

Media Contacts:  
Icron Technologies   Intersil Corporation
Susan Kirk        Carolyn Robinson
1 (604) 315-9959   1 (408) 546-3751
susan.kirk@icron.com   crobinson@intersil.com

For more information about Icron:

For media inquiries or photos, contact: Susan Kirk, susan.kirk@icron.com, +1 604 315 9959.

For investor relations, contact: Todd Hamel, CFO, todd.hamel@icron.com, +1 604 638 3932.

For more information about Intersil, please contact Gourgen Oganessyan, goganess@intersil.com.

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