MSI's Bluetooth and 802.11b Combo Module using CSR's BlueCore

11/5/2002 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) has announced that Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer Micro-Star International (MSI) has launched a wireless module combining both Bluetooth and Wireless LAN protocol 802.11b. The module is being supplied with the company’s mainboard 845PE Max2 and is available now in all major markets around the world. CSR's BlueCore chip has been selected by MSI for the Bluetooth part because of its stability and compatibility as well as its compact design and low cost.

The new combo module will support both Wireless LAN 802.11b and Bluetooth to enable a desktop PC to be easily and wirelessly connected to a wide range of devices including high-speed network access (up to 11Mbps) using 802.11b and low power connection to a wireless desktop (such as mouse, keyboard, PDA, Printer), PANs (Personal Area Networks) and Cellular Phones and Modems via DUN (Dial Up Networking) using Bluetooth. Earlier this year CSR cooperated with MSI to bring Bluetooth onto the motherboard for the first time.

Joseph Hsu, president and CEO, MSI commented, "CSR's ultra-compact and low-cost BlueCore was the obvious choice because it meets these requirements and more."

About MSI
As one of the top three mainboard manufacturers in the world, MSI (Micro-Star International), with its headquarter located in Chung He City, Taiwan, has always followed the principle of maintaining "award-winning product quality and outstanding customer service" in producing its mainboards, add-on cards, and graphics cards.

Having already a solid foundation of R&D and strong production capability, MSI utilises the resources in the best way to develop our new product lines, such as 3D Graphics Cards, Slim PCs, Professional Servers, Optical Devices, Set-Top Box (STB) as well as PDA. Our goal is to be the leader in bringing the best values and solutions to our customers.

MSI has been enjoying successful growth in recent years. In order to meet the strong demand of our customers, MSI has increased our production capacity both in Taiwan and China. For example, our overall monthly production capacity of mainboards is now reaching over the one million-unit mark. With this strength, we are able to fulfil the demand of our customers and have paved the way for future growth.

MSI now has subsidiaries and service centres located throughout the world in U.S.A., Latin America, U.K., Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, China, and the Netherlands. With this strong global connection, efficient customer support and quality service can be provided to satisfy the needs of our customers.

About CSR
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specializes in providing single-chip radio devices to the global market for short-range wireless communications, including Bluetooth. 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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