9/19/2002 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) announced that BlueCore, its single-chip Bluetooth solution, has been chosen by Taiwan-based, Bluetake. BlueCore is being used in its v1.1 qualified Class 1 and 2 Bluetooth USB dongles, BT009 and BT007. The two USB adapters allow printers, faxes, desktop or laptop PCs to be Bluetooth-enabled easily and cheaply. BlueCore was selected for the designs, which are both BQB approved, because of its small footprint, low cost and ease of integration. Bluetake expects to be selling the new dongles in Q3, 2002 at which time they will go on sale in Taiwan, other parts of Asia, Europe and USA.
Bluetooth dongles are seen as a vital solution to Bluetooth-enable existing desktop and laptop PCs, as well as to a variety of peripherals, which have USB ports - all of which could benefit from a wireless connection. The Bluetooth market is growing quickly and future generations of computers and peripherals are expected to have Bluetooth chips embedded into their designs. In the meantime however, the market for USB dongles is likely to be a big one.
The dongles have a maximum data rate of 721Kbps and support the full Bluetooth frequency hopping range of 2.4GHz to 2.483GHz. BT009 is a Class 2 dongle (10 meter range) and is a small 63x23x10mm, weighing only 16g. BT007 is a Class 1 dongle with a range of 100 meters. The compact size and full feature set of the Bluetake USB dongles is made possible by CSR’s BlueCore single-chip Bluetooth solution.
Ming Chen, vice president, Bluetake commented "CSR has the best product and the most experience in Bluetooth silicon, it was an easy choice for us to select BlueCore for Bluetake modules."
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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