CSR and SiGe Semiconductor enter preferred supplier agreement to support Bluetooth Class 1 designs

1/14/2003 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the world's leading provider of single-chip radio devices and SiGe Semiconductor, a leading global supplier of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, announced an agreement to work together on supplying SiGe’s RangeChargerTM PA2423L power amplifier to CSR's customers.

Under the agreement, SiGe will provide guaranteed supply and pricing, as well as technical support for the Bluetooth Class 1 power amplifier. To date, CSR has integrated the PA2423L in its Class 1 reference designs, ideal for applications including access points, residential phones and PC motherboards, as well as USB dongles, PCMCIA and flash cards. The device will be sold through SiGe channels as the PA2423L-R/CSR1.

Clive Chelsom-Pill, CSR's Commercial Manager commented, "SiGe's power amplifiers have been included in our reference designs from the outset. Proven products significantly aid the customer through the design stage and Bluetooth qualification process, resulting in a faster route to market. We are very pleased to partner with SiGe as they offer an ideal solution to meet the demanding requirements of Bluetooth Class 1 designs at excellent prices for our customers". Chelsom-Pill continued, "Earlier in the year we forged a partnership with Fujitsu to guarantee Flash memory supply for our customers at excellent prices. Our partnership programme with external component suppliers makes CSR's overall Bluetooth solution not only technically the best but also the most competitive in terms of price".

"Our continued collaboration with an industry leader like CSR demonstrates our track record for delivering and supporting the best power amplifiers on the market," said Andrew Parolin, Product Line Manager, SiGe Semiconductor. "SiGe enables CSR to offer the most competitive packages with assured supply and responsive support. Close partnership with CSR will ensure SiGe will be able to meet time to market requirements of new dedicated power amplifier devices for the prospering Bluetooth market."

About SiGe Semiconductor
SiGe Semiconductor is a leading global supplier of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for next-generation cable, high-speed optical, and wireless access systems. Drawing on the unique advantages of silicon germanium technology, the company designs and delivers integrated circuits with unparalleled performance and power efficiency. SiGe Semiconductor's components can be found in cable telephony equipment, optical network interfaces, BluetoothTTM enabled portable devices, GPS and telematics systems, IEEE 802.11a/b/g WLANs, and cordless telephones.

For more information, please visit www.sige.com

About CSR
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.

RangeCharger is a trademark owned by SiGe Semiconductor. Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logos are trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A. and licensed to SiGe Semiconductor. BlueCore and BlueCore2 are trademarks owned by Cambridge Silicon Radio

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