8/19/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of silicon solutions enabling broadband communications, announced availability of its BlutoniumTM BCM2004 BluetoothTM radio chip, developed and qualified specifically to be combined with the QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) Mobile Station Modem (MSMTM) Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) baseband solutions. The MSM chips include fully integrated Bluetooth baseband technology to provide a complete, fully tested Bluetooth solution for third generation (3G) CDMA devices. Designed by Broadcom and tested in collaboration with QUALCOMM, the Broadcom® BCM2004 provides significant time-to-market and performance advantages for equipment manufacturers integrating Bluetooth into 3G mobile devices.
Broadcom recently announced a non-binding agreement with QUALCOMM reflecting their intent to form a strategic collaboration to jointly promote and market Bluetooth solutions for 3G CDMA mobile phones, and the BCM2004 is one of the fruits of these efforts. Broadcom is a key supplier of Bluetooth RF solutions for QUALCOMM’s MSM baseband products, enabling a complete Bluetooth offering for 3G CDMA devices that allows handsets to wirelessly connect to headsets, PDAs, laptops and other mobile devices for wireless synchronization, file sharing and hands-free phone operation.
QUALCOMM is currently shipping integrated Bluetooth baseband technology on a number of its 3G CDMA-enabled MSM5xxx and MSM6xxx chipset solutions.
“The combination of Broadcom’s extensive experience integrating Bluetooth technology in cellular handsets with our proven leadership and experience in integrating client networking technologies uniquely positions us to promote and enable Bluetooth in next-generation CDMA devices,” said Scott Bibaud, Director of Bluetooth Marketing for Broadcom. “The design of the BlutoniumTM BCM2004 reflects that leadership, meeting the performance and cost requirements vital for mass adoption of the technology in handsets that increasingly require short-range connectivity to peripherals, accessories and other mobile devices.”
Working in conjunction with the Bluetooth baseband and protocol stack already integrated into QUALCOMM’s 3G CDMA baseband single-chip solution and compliant with QUALCOMM’s proprietary interface, Broadcom’s BCM2004 radio chip provides full Bluetooth functionality for CDMA wireless devices. 3G CDMA mobile handsets with integrated Bluetooth are available today, powered by previous generations of Broadcom’s low-cost, radio-only and single-chip RF Bluetooth solutions.
The BCM2004 all-CMOS radio delivers significant size, cost and performance advantages over existing Bluetooth radio solutions while providing the highest level of chip integration, eliminating all active external components. Leading the industry in radio sensitivity and transmit power, the new radio enables the lowest added bill-of-materials cost for integration of high-performance Bluetooth radios into QUALCOMM chipset-based 3G CDMA mobile handsets. The BCM2004 is part of Broadcom’s BlutoniumTM family of products.
BCM2004 Provides Superior Radio Performance
Broadcom’s new BCM2004 Bluetooth radio is the next-generation of the BCM2002, which is currently the industry’s most widely used radio based on QUALCOMM ’s proprietary specification for Bluetooth enabled handsets. The BCM2004 has been designed to provide simple integration with CDMA mobile phones while maintaining industry leading radio sensitivity and transmit power and better power, size and cost advantages than Broadcom’s previous generation chip. It was built to handle the very harsh radio frequency (RF) environment of mobile phones while maintaining high radio performance and optimizing overall phone performance.
The BCM2004 provides strong spurious and blocking performance that supports simultaneous operation with GPS, CDMA, WCDMA, and GSM/GPRS worldwide radio frequency plans. On-chip auto calibration eliminates process variation across components and mitigates temperature variation, enabling consistent performance in high-volume applications. In addition, the exceptional blocking performance capability of the BCM2004 exceeds Bluetooth requirements, eliminating RF filtering to receive strong, reliable signals from other Bluetooth devices. The fractional-N frequency generation technology feature eliminates the need for a dedicated reference crystal.
Broadcom’s BlutoniumTM 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.
The Blutonium line also includes associated Bluetooth protocol firmware, providing end-to-end enabling technology for a range of Bluetooth applications. Products developed using Broadcom’s Bluetooth Qualification Board-qualified Blutonium chips and firmware can attain Bluetooth qualification with minimal effort, accelerating time to market.
The BCM2004 is offered in multiple packaging options, including an ultra-small chip-scale package and is currently shipping to Broadcom’s early access partners.
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.
Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, BlutoniumTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. QUALCOMM® and MSM™ are trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. BluetoothTM is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG.
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