Synopsys, STMicroelectronics Lower Cost for Embedded Bluetooth Designs

6/25/2003 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), the world leader in integrated circuit (IC) design software, announced that the company is collaborating with STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) on an embedded BluetoothTM solution. The collaboration will provide joint customers with a low-cost, low-power solution, by extending Synopsys' DesignWare(R) BlueIQ Bluetooth core to support STMicroelectronics' STLC2150 radio IC. Designers will be able to easily integrate the DesignWare BlueIQ core into their system-on-chip (SoC) designs and connect it directly to the STMicroelectronics radio to create cost-effective, low-power Bluetooth wireless systems.

The joint solution includes the Synopsys Bluetooth Development Kit, featuring the DesignWare BlueIQ core and the STMicroelectronics' STLC2150 radio, for designers interested in a proven, embedded solution for Bluetooth-enabled applications. STMicroelectronics' STLC2150 is a fully integrated Bluetooth single-chip radio transceiver that offers low-cost, compact and complete short-range wireless connectivity for a variety of applications.

"We are working closely with Synopsys to ensure that our Bluetooth radio and Synopsys' BlueIQ core provide customers with an easy-to-integrate, low-cost, low-power and low-risk solution for their embedded Bluetooth systems," said Jacques Wenin, Bluetooth Business Unit director at STMicroelectronics. "Bluetooth technology can be easily incorporated into designers' ASICs, FPGAs and SoC designs."

"Synopsys seeks opportunities to work with semiconductor leaders such as STMicroelectronics to deliver proven Bluetooth technology to our mutual customers," said Joachim Kunkel, vice president of marketing, Intellectual Property (IP) and Design Services Group at Synopsys. "By extending our DesignWare BlueIQ core to work optimally with the STMicroelectronics STLC2150 radio, our companies will provide designers with a complete Bluetooth solution that takes advantage of the latest features of the standard."

Synopsys' DesignWare BlueIQ Core is a synthesizable IP core that includes a complete Bluetooth Link Manager and Baseband Controller. It can be targeted to ASIC processes or field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The core is optimized for low power and easy integration into new and existing designs and includes a 6811-compatible 8-bit microcontroller that completely offloads the host CPU of all real-time Bluetooth activity.

Pricing and Availability
The DesignWare BlueIQ core support for the STMicroelectronics STLC2150 radio will be available at no additional cost to DesignWare BlueIQ licensees and is scheduled for general availability in the third quarter of calendar 2003.

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is the world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for integrated circuit (IC) design. The company delivers technology-leading IC design and verification platforms to the global electronics market, enabling the development of complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

Synopsys and DesignWare are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. USA and used by Synopsys under license.

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