Broadcom Develops .13 Micron Single-Chip Bluetooth Transceiver

10/12/2004 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling broadband communications, introduced the industry's first single-chip Bluetooth® device manufactured in 0.13 micron process technology that is enabled with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) technology. Mobile phones, notebook and desktop computers, PDAs and wireless peripherals equipped with the new transceiver will offer superior wireless multimedia capabilities, such as streaming audio and video. The new Broadcom® chip maintains full backward compatibility with legacy Bluetooth devices, but delivers three times the speed while dramatically cutting power dissipation. It also reduces board space requirements and cost by integrating on chip components that other Bluetooth transceivers require to be external.

The powerful combination of the new BCM2045 and WIDCOMM® Bluetooth software, which was recently acquired by Broadcom, is the most competitive Bluetooth silicon+software solution in the industry, with an unmatched combination of performance, power, speed, features, radio sensitivity, board space, and field-proven profiles and stack software.

The Blutonium® BCM2045 is the next generation of Broadcom's leading line of single-chip solutions for Bluetooth applications. Broadcom has become a leading provider of short-range wireless communications with its Blutonium family of products as well as WIDCOMM Bluetooth software-the most widely adopted in the industry. The BCM2045 builds upon this success by offering a standards-based triple boost in data rate. Broadcom's Blutonium chips also maintain their lead in radio sensitivity, a key metric that determines radio performance in Bluetooth products.

"The BCM2045 is the product of over four years of extensive research and development by Broadcom's engineering team, and the outcome is the most advanced Bluetooth solution available today, in terms of data rate, software features, and even the process technology by which it's manufactured," said Scott Bibaud, Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Bluetooth products. "Our development team completely reengineered this chip to maximize the power and performance advantages inherent in the 0.13 micron process compared to chips manufactured using older technologies. The feedback from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive, and we intend to aggressively drive the adoption of Bluetooth into new and exciting applications."

The BCM2045 was designed to promote and enable the adoption of Bluetooth in phones, computers, peripherals and other devices. The chip addresses every major challenge confronting equipment manufacturers when adopting Bluetooth wireless technology, including power consumption, board space, radio performance and cost. Designed in the 0.13 micron manufacturing process, the BCM2045 can provide advantages in all these areas that are unmatched by competing devices made with older technologies.

In addition to best-in-class power and performance, the BCM2045 also features the highest level of integration in the industry, including on-chip balun, resulting in an approximately 50% lower OEM/ODM external bill of materials and significantly smaller printed circuit board space utilization versus competing Bluetooth solutions. By eliminating expensive off-chip radio components, the new chip makes Bluetooth solutions easier and less expensive to manufacture. In addition, Broadcom's InConcertTM interference avoidance technology reduces possible disruption from nearby Wi-Fi® products, which operate in the same 2.4 GHz radio frequency as Bluetooth.

The BCM2045 is the first single-chip Bluetooth transceiver manufactured in the 0.13 micron process currently available that includes support for the EDR addendum to the Bluetooth specification. EDR is an industry standard that triples the data rate of Bluetooth devices, resulting in improved performance. In addition, the chip features very tight integration with Broadcom's WIDCOMM BTW, BTE-Mobile, and BTW-CE Bluetooth software, providing the most complete and reliable suite of Bluetooth profiles available.

Benefits of Enhanced Data Rate
EDR is an addendum to the current version 1.2 of the Bluetooth specification that was defined by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and formally introduced in June of this year. Responding to a need for a higher bandwidth version of Bluetooth, EDR will expand the total bandwidth to 3Mbps which provides a maximum data rate of up to 2.1 megabits per second. The previous Bluetooth specification maximum data rate was 721 kilobits per second. Electronic devices enabled with Bluetooth EDR are capable of transferring multimedia files such as music or video clips up to three times faster than previously possible. The new technology also provides benefits in range and coexistence with other radio technologies such as Wi-Fi. Because EDR is an addendum to the existing version 1.2 of the Bluetooth specification, new devices will retain full backward compatibility with previous versions of the technology.

The BCM2045 has performed and passed interoperability testing since the second quarter of 2004. The BCM2045 single-chip Bluetooth transceiver, along with industry-leading WIDCOMM software, is currently sampling to Broadcom's early-access partners.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. We design, develop and supply complete system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions incorporating digital, analog, radio frequency (RF), microprocessor and digital signal processing (DSP) technologies, as well as related hardware and software system-level applications. Our diverse product portfolio addresses every major broadband communications market and includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; high definition television (HDTV); cable and digital subscriber line (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 and security processors; and SystemI/OTM server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everything®.

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo, Blutonium®, WIDCOMM®, InConcertTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Bluetooth® is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG. WiFi® is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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