CSR BlueCore2 Bluetooth-enables Murata's Ultra Small Modules

10/24/2002 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) announced that Murata Manufacturing has unveiled an extremely small Bluetooth module incorporating CSR's BlueCore2 chip. Murata's Blue Module integrates active devices and passive components to provide a compact solution for the wireless market.

The full host controller interface (HCI) level unit, designated Blue Module, measures 9.3 mm by 7.9 mm by 1.8 (max.) mm and is designed with Murata’s low-temperature co-fired Ceramics (LTCC) technology. The module, Bluetooth-enabled by CSR’s BlueCore2, includes flash memory; band pass filters and other passives contained within the device; an RF and baseband one-chip IC, crystal oscillator and additional passives that are mounted on the substrate.

Eric Janson, worldwide vice president of marketing, CSR commented, "Murata required a Bluetooth chip that would enable them to produce the smallest Bluetooth modules possible without having to comprise on functionality". Janson continued, "CSR's BlueCore2, with its fully qualified silicon, small footprint down to 6x6mm and full featured Bluetooth protocol stack enables OEMs like Murata to produce modules with a very short time to market."

"Through our pioneering technology, Murata offers this advanced solution to customers so they can focus on their core competencies. With our Blue Module we eliminate the hassle of placing the IC on a printed circuit board and mount the supporting passives, memory and matching components nearby to give our customers more space for less money," said Harufumi Mandai, Vice President of Component Division III for Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

About CSR
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specializes in providing single-chip radio devices to the global market for short-range wireless communications, including BluetoothTM. The company’s mission is to create the most highly integrated radio devices available, fabricated using standard CMOS technology, to provide its customers with the lowest cost of ownership of high quality digital radio. CSR was the first company in the world to offer a true single-chip Bluetooth solution with BlueCore, a fully integrated 2.4 GHz radio, baseband and microcontroller. In Q4 2001 CSR released BlueCore2, its second-generation family, and offers developed hardware/software bundles for each of the fastest growing Bluetooth applications markets. Users can combine the chips with the CSR Bluetooth software stack to provide a fully compliant solution for data and voice communications or, used with an upper layer host software stack, CSR is able to offer a complete Bluetooth end-to-end solution.

CSR has a growing list of major international companies including Microsoft Corp., Samsung, Sony, Compaq, IBM, Fujitsu, LG, ALPS, TDK, 3Com, Mitsumi, Siemens and Motorola, who have already used CSR’s BlueCore in the development of a range of Bluetooth products. In fact, up to the end of 2001, 70% of available pre-qualified modules, as listed on the qualified products page of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) web site, feature BlueCore and it is in 57% of all qualified Bluetooth v 1.1 enabled end product designs. CSR is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in Richardson, Texas; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore and Aalborg, Denmark.

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