Bluetooth Partnership

Alcatel’s Bluetooth-enabled OneTouch 700 and OneTouch 500 GSM phones will contain Cambridge Silicon Radio’s BlueCore 01 single-chip Bluetooth IC embedded into a battery pack. Initially, Alcatel plans to use the Bluetooth functionality in the phone for cordless headsets and communication between the phone and Bluetooth-enabled handheld, notebook and desktop PCs.

CSR’s BlueCore 01 is a single chip radio and baseband IC for 2.4GHz Bluetooth radios and is implemented in CMOS technology.Together with an external Flash ROM containing the CSR Bluetooth software stack, it provides a fully compliant Bluetooth system fordata and voice communications. The design is optimised to require very few external RF components to facilitate a rapid design of themotherboard, and therefore the fastest possible time-to-market and lowest overall cost.

Bluetooth is the codename for a technology specification for low-cost, short-range radio links between mobile PCs, mobile phones andother portable devices. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is an industry alliance formed by Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba and which has recently been enlarged to include 3Com, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola. The SIG, together with 1400 Bluetooth members, is driving the specification and roll-out of Bluetooth technology.

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