12/11/2002 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) announced that it is now supplying its NanoSira Reference Radio, a turnkey reference design of a USB dongle for easy testing of the compatibility of a Bluetooth device with Windows XP. The dongle incorporates CSR BlueCore, one of only two radios selected by Microsoft as a benchmark for Bluetooth testing before products can receive the Designed for Windows XP Logo. The product is available now from CSR's website (www.csr.com).
To demonstrate the compatibility of hardware with Windows XP, Microsoft has a process of certification called WHQL (Windows Hardware Qualification Labs). More information on WHQL is available at http://www.microsoft.com/hwdq/hwtest/
The NanoSira Reference Radio uses CSR's established v1.1 HCI Bluetooth Software stack and supports scatternet and 7 slave piconet operation. This hardware and firmware has been selected by Microsoft as a Bluetooth host controller (radio) for performing the WHQL hardware compatibility tests (HCT). This firmware is digitally signed by CSR to prevent unauthorised firmware upgrades. The design is compact with outside dimensions of only 50 x 20 x 5mm while maintaining +4dbm output power and -82dbm receive sensitivity using a printed antenna.
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specialises 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 offer 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, 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 56% 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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