CSR's BlueCore Used in World's First Bluetooth Barcode Reader

2/11/2003 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) announced that its BlueCore single-chip solution has been selected by Baracoda to Bluetooth-enable its BaracodaPencil. The innovative BaracodaPencil is the world's first Bluetooth barcode reader and it helps simplify the scanning of large or cumbersome goods, a task which is often tedious and sometimes impossible using a corded scanner. The compact and lightweight BaracodaPencil resolves this issue as its Bluetooth-enabled wireless scanner will allow object scanning without the operator having to stay close to the terminal.

CSR's BlueCore chip features low power consumption essential for such a compact portable device, allowing battery life of up to 2000 scans per recharge. In addition, the small footprint and low requirements for external components of CSR's Bluetooth silicon has allowed Baracoda to produce a versatile scanner with a small and ergonomic design which also makes it usable as a stylus for a PDA or tablet PC. These characteristics make CSR's Bluetooth solution ideal for use in such mobile tools. The BaracodaPencil complements the growing array of CSR BlueCore-enabled products.

Because the BaracodaPencil can store up to 1000 codes and is Bluetooth-enabled, the range of applications for which it can be utilised is huge. For example, in the home, the BaracodaPencil could be used to scan products or catalogues which could automatically compile a shopping list on a computer or PDA. This list could then be modified and printed or turned into an electronic shopping basket at an online shop. In the workplace, the time spent on tasks such as inventory management, delivery tracking and document management, could be drastically reduced by employing the BaracodaPencil.

As a Class 2 Bluetooth device, the BaracodaPencil has an operating range of up to 15m, permitting wireless connectivity to a PC or PDA across an office environment or in the home. With its size and weight roughly equivalent to the average good quality pen (dimensions of 112 x 25 x 16mm and 42g in weight) the BaracodaPencil is very portable and unobstrusive. At the core of Baracoda's technology is a customized module, using CSR's BlueCore, and called the Baracoda SmartModule. The SmartModule includes several layers of Baracoda's proprietary software and was designed specifically for data-capture and automatic identification applications.

The market for Bluetooth is expanding and chip prices have already dipped below the $5 mark. Manufacturers are finding an increasing number of compelling applications with which to utilise Bluetooth technology.

Thierry Daher, Sr Vice President Sales & Marketing, Baracoda Inc commented. "To create the world's first barcode scanner and to power our SmartModule, BlueCore, the world's leading single-chip solution was the natural choice. CSR's commitment to producing design-friendly silicon has enabled us to create the BaracodaPencil with up to the minute technology that allows maximum usability."

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 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. More information about CSR can be found on the web site at www.csr.com

About Baracoda
Baracoda delivers proprietary wireless technology solutions that facilitates and accelerates the integration of BluetoothTM technology. The BaracodaPencil is the world's first wireless BluetoothTM certified barcode reader: reliable, priced competitively, easy-to-use and very fast to integrate.

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