The device has SIMILAR FUNCTIONALITY but is not functionally equivalent to the compared device.
TI does not recommend using this part in a new design. This product continues to be in production to support existing customers.
This 128 key scan device is specifically targeted towards end equipment that runs on Windows 8 operating system. The device is fully compliant with the HID over I2C specification defined (ver 1.0) defined by Microsoft. The HID and report descriptors are hard coded into the device so that they don’t need to be programmed at production. The device also comes with a preprogrammed keyboard map that is compatible with most standard laptop/notebook keyboards. However, the device also available without a pre-programmed keyboard, so that any keyboard map may be written into it at production.
The device generates INPUT reports of standard 8-byte length with the 1st byte being the modifier byte. After the keyboard map is programmed into the device it automatically recognizes the row/column location of the modifier keys based on their usage code. It is capable of detecting and reporting up to six simultaneous key presses plus eight modifiers. It generates an input report on each key press and each key release.
The device also supports LED indicators that are standard on a keyboard. Different variations support 2,4 or 8 LED outputs. Each output has open drain architecture and is capable of sinking up to 12mA of current. The LEDs are controlled by a standard OUTPUT report as described in the HID over I2C standard.