TI 802.11 and Bluetooth Technologies Enable HP's New iPAQs

10/14/2003 - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] announced that HP´s new iPAQ Pocket PC h4150 and iPAQ h4350 include TI´s 802.11 wireless LAN (WLAN) technology, single-chip Bluetooth® and Bluetooth/WLAN coexistence package for wireless data connectivity. Leveraging TI´s wireless communications expertise, the new iPAQs enable consumers to simultaneously utilize the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® features of their PDA without sacrificing battery-life, size or cost. Users can synch-up to their laptop using Bluetooth while they are surfing the Internet with WLAN without interference issues since both technologies operate in the 2.4GHz band.

The new iPAQs will use TI´s BRF6100 single-chip Bluetooth solution developed in digital RF CMOS technology and its TNETW1100B mobile 802.11b platform, which utilizes TI´s ELPTM technology providing ultra low power operation for wireless networking. For portable, battery-powered devices like PDAs, TI has focused on providing low power solutions for 802.11 and Bluetooth to offer long-lasting wireless connectivity and maximum battery-life for consumers´ portable devices.

"Convergence of wireless networking technologies is one of TI's strategic initiatives as we strive to deliver data connectivity over any network to consumers and business users. HP's new Pocket PC iPAQs are the first PDAs to utilize TI's Bluetooth/WLAN coexistence package and they deliver on the promise of seamless wireless connectivity across multiple networks," said Marc Cetto, general manager of TI's Wireless Networking Business Unit.

TI's Bluetooth/WLAN coexistence package is the only solution that provides manufacturers with low power and a small footprint for the complete Bluetooth/WLAN device. It has no antennae isolation requirement, which enables the co-location of both solutions in portable devices. This is critical for mobile devices such as PDAs because the co-location of the radios is unavoidable.

"Delivering both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity maximizes the mobility and productivity of our handheld customers," said Rick Roesler, director of handheld product marketing at HP. "TI's leadership in size and power management has enabled HP to deliver these benefits in a handheld that is sleek and cost-effective and that maximizes battery life."

Texas Instruments - Making Wireless
TI is the leading manufacturer of wireless semiconductors, delivering the heart of today´s wireless technology and building solutions for tomorrow. TI provides a breadth of silicon and software and 15 years of wireless systems expertise that spans handsets and base stations for all communications standards, wireless LAN, Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband. From custom to turn-key solutions, including complete chipsets and reference designs, OMAPTM application processors, core digital signal processor and analog technologies built on advanced semiconductor processes, TI is making wireless personal, intelligent and seamless.

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