Bluetooth platform hops into view

Motorola Semiconductor Products will begin shipping a V1.1 compliant Bluetooth chip set by second quarter next year.

Motorola Semiconductor Products has debuted a V1.1 compliant Bluetooth chip set.

The chip set itself comprises a V1.1 compliant baseband processor, a host controller Interface, an RF BiCMOS transceiver, a power amplifier and a power management IC for headset and cell phone accessories.

Motorola is also supporting the chip set with embedded software, development tools, and a reference design kit.

Motorola’s unique Joint Detection & Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation (JD/MLSE) data demodulation technology enables a robust link near 802.11b WLAN connections and other sources of interference in the public ISM band, such as microwave ovens and cordless phones.

Motorola expects to be one of the first implementers of SIG endorsed Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) technology. Motorola is one of the drivers of the technology definition in the Coexistence Working Group. AFH is expected to increase the throughput for both Bluetooth and 802.11b networks operating in the same proximity by minimising destructive mutual interference.

In a separate statement, Extended Systems has announced that its Bluetooth software stack will support the Motorola platform.

Motorola has working silicon today and expects to sample the platform solution with development kits to customers in the first quarter of 2002. Production is planned for the second quarter. The chipset is expected be available at a suggested list price of $5.90 in million unit volumes.