CSR Bluetooth Technology Powers O2's New XDA II Smartphone

2/10/2004 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), a leading developer and provider of Bluetooth solutions, announced that its BlueCore silicon has been chosen to Bluetooth enable O2's latest Smartphone, the XDA II. O2's Smartphone, with full Bluetooth support, enables users to connect wirelessly to any other Bluetooth enabled PC, mobile headset or PDA via its easy to use Microsoft Pocket PC interface. With no keypad, the XDA II resembles a PDA but also includes a fully featured GSM mobile handset, camera and games. O2 XDA II is available now at www.02.co.uk or via O2 outlets in the UK.

With Bluetooth technology a user may take advantage of the XDA II being a combined PDA and mobile phone, as well as making fuller use of features available on the handset. For instance, by using XDA II with a Bluetooth enabled headset, a user can discuss meeting dates and view their personal organiser for dates. When doubling up as a PDA, the O2 XDA II can synchronise with other Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PCs and PDAs, to download and upload PDA data.

Lars C. Weisswange, Head of Integrated Devices, mmO2 plc, commented, "It makes sense to add Bluetooth technology into the XDA II, as its numerous features are all designed for maximum mobility. A handset as compact as the XDA II requires the most compact components to enable so many features to fit in one device. At 6x6mm, CSR's BlueCore single-chip solution has allowed O2 to maximise the available space and give its customers a sleek design with a whole hoard of features."

Compact and fully integrated, CSR's BlueCore single-chip solution has already found success in a number of mobile handsets. In view of mobile manufacturer's narrow margins and cost sensitivity, CSR's BlueCore is priced to allow OEMs the option of including Bluetooth into their mobile handsets.

John Halksworth, Product Manager for CSR, added, "The growing popularity of Smartphones has meant that Bluetooth solutions like CSR's BlueCore have not only been an addition to mobile handsets which I believe is increasingly seen as a pre-requisite. Enabling a whole host of wireless applications from hands-free communications to PC synchronisation, Bluetooth makes sense in the increasingly mobile working environment."

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