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22 November 2006


Avago ships 600 millionth optical mouse sensor

Avago Technologies of San Jose, CA, USA has shipped its 600 millionth optical mouse sensor since the release of its first navigation sensor in 1999.

The company pioneered optical sensing for mouse technology (eliminating the need for a mouse pad and offering more precise pointing and movement than
mechanical mice) and claims to provide entry-level to next-generation optical and laser mouse sensors to all major LED and laser optical-mouse manufacturers.

Since the release of the company's first optical mouse sensor in 1999 (as Agilent Technologies, before its Semiconductor Products Group was spun off as Avago Technologies in December 2005), milestones include:

  • In 2001, the first low-power optical mouse sensor for cordless optical mice and the first USB and PS/2 optical mouse reference design kit.
  • In 2002, the smallest optical mouse sensor.
  • In 2004, co-developing the first high-performance 27MHz USB wireless optical mouse reference design kit and the first 2.4GHz USB wireless mouse/ keyboard reference design kit.
  • In 2004, LaserStream illumination and tracking technology.
  • In 2005, the highest-resolution laser optical mouse sensors for high-end office use, wireless and PC gaming applications; and the lowest-power LED
    optical mouse sensor offering 18 months of operation from alkaline AA battery cells.

"To put this milestone in perspective, we have provided manufacturers with enough optical mouse sensors to provide a PC mouse to every citizen living in the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Germany and France," says Ngoh Kee Hane, vice president and general manager of the Navigation Products Division.