Broadcom Announces Availability of World's Highest Performance and Smallest Single-Chip Bluetooth Device

10/29/2002 - Broadcom, the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced availability of a new single-chip BluetoothTM device that features the industry's best radio performance and smallest chip package. The Broadcom® BlutoniumTM BCM2035 achieves greater radio sensitivity than any other Bluetooth radio on the market, increasing the effective range over which Bluetooth-enabled equipment can wirelessly share information. In addition, the 5mm x 6mm package size is smaller than any other Bluetooth solution.

The BCM2035 builds upon previous generations of successful Broadcom Bluetooth products, including the BCM2033 single-chip transceiver, which is being used by major cellular phone manufacturers today.

"Broadcom has repeatedly set the standard for Bluetooth silicon performance and reliability, and this new chip raises the bar once again," said Scott Bibaud, Director of Bluetooth Marketing for Broadcom. "Because of superior radio performance, our latest Bluetooth offering extends the range of a low power Bluetooth link by 50-100% compared to other offerings available on the market."

Wireless communications technologies such as Bluetooth and the IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networking (WLAN) standards are adding new flexibility and utility to electronic devices that connect to data networks such as corporate LANs and the Internet. However, Bluetooth and 802.11b Wi-FiTM devices transmit and receive data in the same radio frequency range, creating the possibility of interference. Broadcom's Bluetooth products have been designed to help avoid interference with WLANs by implementing adaptive frequency hopping and other techniques. In addition, when paired with Broadcom's AirForceTM line of 802.11b solutions, the two systems leverage proprietary radio technology to provide an even more robust solution for the coexistence of Bluetooth and WLAN products.

Best Radio Performance in the Industry
The BCM2035 features the best radio sensitivity in the industry, with a specified sensitivity of -90dBm. This performance ensures optimum connections among Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, headsets, PDAs and laptops, enabling greater range than can be achieved with competing chips. In addition to sensitivity performance, the radio also features programmable output power up to +7dBm, which allows users to set the output power as needed to maximize performance within Bluetooth specifications. Using maximum output power and high receiver sensitivity, two BCM2035 devices can connect at well over 100 meters in range.

Although optimized for use in mobile devices, the BCM2035 is also ideally suited for use in industrial and automotive applications, and is operational within the industrial temperature range of -40 C to +85 C.

Broadcom's original BCM2033 was the first single-chip Bluetooth device brought to market that did not require an additional flash memory chip. Similarly, the new BCM2035 requires no off-chip memory, instead integrating a ROM for on-board storage of Broadcom's Bluetooth Qualification Board (BQB) certified firmware. By allowing changes to be made to the ROM code through its Patch RAM function, Broadcom allows flexibility for firmware upgrades in the field.

Broadcom's complete line of Bluetooth chips includes the BCM2002X, a radio-only device for use in applications where the Bluetooth baseband function is embedded in a host processor, the BCM2013, which is optimized for the demanding power performance required in wireless headset applications, and the BCM2033 RAM-based single chip solution. All of these chips are currently in volume production.

Advanced Software Capabilities
Broadcom has incorporated many advanced features into its Bluetooth firmware to complement the BCM2035's excellent radio capabilities, providing overall Bluetooth system performance that exceeds requirements for the industry's most popular applications. The software is compatible with forthcoming Bluetooth 1.2 optional features, such as Anonymity Mode for added security and enhanced power control for extended battery life.

These features protect the investment of equipment manufacturers, who won't have to worry about their products becoming obsolete as new functionality is added to the Bluetooth specification. The advanced software is also instrumental in further optimizing the chip's power performance and facilitating collaborative coexistence between Bluetooth and WLAN products.

The BCM2035 is now sampling to Broadcom's early access partners. It is expected to ramp to volume production in the first quarter of 2003 and will be available for less than $5.00 in high volume.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and software applications for every major broadband communications market. Our diverse product portfolio includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; cable and DSL modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan and wide area networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network processors; and SystemI/OTM server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everythingTM. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, BlutoniumTM, AirForceTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. BluetoothTM is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB and licensed to participants in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) in the United States and certain other countries. Wi-FiTM is a trademark of the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, Inc.

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