TI Enables Bluetooth Devices with Truly Complete Reference Designs

6/17/2003 - Enabling manufacturers to quickly bring feature rich, Bluetooth®-enabled cellular phones to market, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] announced it is the first company to provide complete hardware and software reference designs for Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices. In addition, TI introduced a Bluetooth/802.11 coexistence package that allows simultaneous operation of Bluetooth and Wireless LAN (WLAN) applications for devices incorporating both wireless technologies. (See www.ti.com/bluetooth80211.)

"Leveraging its significant market position and wireless expertise, TI now provides manufacturers with complete, highly integrated hardware and software solutions to speed time-to-market," said Joyce Putscher, director, In-Stat/MDR. "Providing a truly ready-to-manufacture design for Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones will dramatically cut manufacturer development cycles and costs, which should result in lower prices for consumers and increased adoption rates."

TI's TCS2100 and TCS2200 Bluetooth-enabled reference designs provide manufacturers with the most complete, cost effective, ready-to-manufacture hardware and software solutions for Class 12 GPRS handset applications. They also enable long talk and standby times by combining TI's industry-proven, power-efficient GSM/GPRS chipsets and its Bluetooth single chip, which delivers best-in-class power consumption. The reference designs include complete Bluetooth software protocol stacks from WIDCOMM Inc., a leading global provider of Bluetooth software.

"To enable the mass adoption of Bluetooth for cellular, TI has driven down the size, cost and power consumption of Bluetooth technology with our single chip and tackled WLAN coexistence with our new coexistence package," said Ari Rauch, general manager of TI's Short Distance Wireless group. "Today we've taken this a step further by being the first company to seamlessly integrate Bluetooth hardware and software into our cellular phone reference designs, eliminating most of the hardships associated with the design process while simultaneously enabling manufacturers to differentiate their products with new levels of functionality."

Bluetooth Hardware
The Bluetooth-enabled reference designs include TI´s BRF6100 Bluetooth single chip, which has been optimized for each reference design to deliver peak performance by sharing clocks, power, memory and other resources.

Designed specifically for the mobile device market, where cost, power consumption and size are critical, TI´s BRF6100 is the industry´s first and only Bluetooth chip to use digital radio frequency (RF) technology. Leveraging TI´s patented digital RF, the BRF6100 is the industry´s smallest, most power-efficient and least expensive solution. Many of the world´s leading handset and PDA manufacturers have selected BRF6100 for their products because it enables the industry´s longest talk and standby times at the lowest cost. (For more information see www.ti.com/bluetooth.)

Complete Reference Designs
Today´s announcement demonstrates TI´s continued commitment to providing complete hardware and software solutions for all wireless market segments. In addition to its TCS2100 and TCS2200 cellular phone solutions, TI offers reference designs for smartphones and PDAs. For Bluetooth-enabled multimedia smartphones, it provides the TCS2600 and TCS2620 reference designs, including TI´s OMAP730 and OMAP732 applications processors respectively. Announced in March, TI´s WANDA Tri-Wireless PDA concept design combines the BRF6100 with TI cellular and wireless LAN technologies. (For more information on TI´s wireless portfolio and reference designs, see www.ti.com/wireless.)

All of the Bluetooth-enabled mobile device reference designs are sampling today. See chart below for volume production availability.

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