10/20/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of silicon solutions enabling broadband communications, announced a non-exclusive agreement to offer WIDCOMM, Inc.'s Bluetooth® software with Broadcom's Blutonium® system and chip solutions. When paired with Broadcom® silicon and software solutions, WIDCOMM's BTW software products provide complete pre-qualified Bluetooth functionality to PCs and related products that integrate the popular short-range wireless technology.
"Pairing WIDCOMM's industry-leading BTW software with our single-chip Blutonium products offers our customers a complete, pre-qualified Bluetooth solution, enabling them to save development costs and cut development time," said Scott Bibaud, Director of Marketing for Broadcom’s Bluetooth products. "We see this as a tremendous opportunity to help accelerate the widespread adoption of Bluetooth, making it easier to design into products and use."
"Broadcom's integration of our software supports its commitment to providing the highest possible levels of Bluetooth functionality to wireless communications devices," said Andreas Malzach, Vice President of WIDCOMM Marketing. "Bundling our software with Broadcom’s silicon solutions provides device manufacturers with a total Bluetooth solution that will enable superior wireless communications in their advanced products. The combined solution from WIDCOMM and Broadcom clearly offers the most competitive and most complete Bluetooth solutions for the PC industry today."
Under the terms of the agreement, Broadcom and WIDCOMM will engage in joint development efforts to ensure that Broadcom Bluetooth systems and chips are compatible with WIDCOMM's BTW software stacks. The WIDCOMM Bluetooth solutions provide the complete protocol stack, simplified user interface and up to 13 of the leading Bluetooth software profiles, including HID (Human Interface Devices), HRCP (Hard Copy Replacement) and PAN (Personal Area Networking). WIDCOMM's BTW software, which is designed specifically for use with PCs and other Microsoft Windows® based products, includes full software support for Broadcom's recently announced wireless mouse and keyboard system-on-a-chip, the BCM2040, as well as the previously announced BCM2033 and BCM2035.
All future versions of the WIDCOMM BTW software will be tested for full compatibility with Broadcom's Bluetooth products prior to release. Broadcom and WIDCOMM have been collaborating on Bluetooth products since 2001, and have now formalized their relationship with this agreement.
Broadcom's Blutonium® Bluetooth Product Family
Broadcom's Blutonium product family contains the broadest line of Bluetooth qualified components available, enabling high performance, short range wireless communications between devices and equipment ranging from PCs to PDAs, cell phones and other peripherals in the home and workplace. The Blutonium family includes the BCM2040, currently the only available system-on-a-chip solution for wireless keyboards and mice, the BCM2002 radio-only device, and single-chip integrated baseband and radio solutions, such as the BCM2035 and BCM2033. The BCM2035, BCM2033 and BCM2002 are currently in high volume production with several major cellular phone and other product manufacturers.
For more information about Broadcom's Blutonium product line, please visit www.broadcom.com/products/category.php?category_id=17
Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and software applications for every major broadband communications market. Broadcom’s diverse product portfolio includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; cable and DSL modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan, wide area and storage networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network processors; and SystemI/OTM server solutions. These technologies and products support Broadcom’s core mission: Connecting everything®.
Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com.
About Widcomm, Inc.
Founded in 1998 in San Diego, WIDCOMM is a leading global provider of Bluetooth software, systems and turnkey designs. WIDCOMM software enables wireless communications technology in the fields of automotive, computing, consumer electronics, semiconductor and telecommunications. WIDCOMM currently provides complete Windows® based Bluetooth software to the world's leading PC and PDA OEMs, as well as embedded Bluetooth software to the world's largest semiconductor and consumer device manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.widcomm.com.
Broadcom®, the pulse logo®, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo, and Blutonium® are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Microsoft® and Windows® are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Bluetooth® is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG.
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