CSR, Silicon Wave Complete Tests of Medium-rate Bluetooth Technology

2/24/2004 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) and Silicon Wave, two of the leading companies in the Bluetooth silicon industry, announced that they have successfully performed interoperability testing for medium-rate Bluetooth devices using both the 2 Mbps and 3 Mbps modes. On February 3rd in San Francisco, CSR and Silicon Wave concluded a series of collaborative test events, which are believed to be the first of their kind.

These interoperability tests are a major step to making a commercial reality out of medium-rate Bluetooth – an evolution of the Bluetooth standard which increases Bluetooth data rates by up to 3 times to 3 Mbps. The data rate of the current Bluetooth v1.2 specification is up to 1 Mbps. Silicon Wave and CSR have both been major contributors to the development of the medium-rate specification and these tests highlight the important role both companies are playing in its development.

The tests CSR and Silicon Wave performed covered all aspects of the physical layer through the baseband and link manager functionality and included successful testing of all three data modes (3Mbps, 2Mbps and 1Mbps). Based on this extensive interoperability testing, the companies believe that the medium rate specifications are complete.

About Silicon Wave
Based in San Diego, California, USA, Silicon Wave is a leading provider of low-power, highly integrated RF communication system components for the global Bluetooth wireless market. Silicon Wave products and services include single-chip radio processors, stand-alone radio modems, baseband processors, software solutions and a baseband IP licensing program. Products are available from RF Micro Devices, Silicon Wave's global channel partner for its CMOS single-chip radio processors and stand-alone radio modem Bluetooth solutions. Silicon Wave is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The company's Web site is located at www.siliconwave.com.

About RF Micro Devices and Silcion Wave
In May 2003, RF Micro Devices and Silicon Wave entered into a strategic relationship. Within the strategic relationship Silicon Wave granted manufacturing licenses to RFMD for their single-chip UltimateBlue ICs and stand-alone CMOS Bluetooth radio modem solutions. RFMD is responsible for the supply chain of Silicon Wave’s CMOS Bluetooth solutions and is the exclusive global channel partner for these products. Silicon Wave and RF Micro Devices are both Associate Members of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

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