Hitachi and Cirrus jump on silicon bluetooth wave

Hitachi and Silicon Wave are to join forces on the development of system-on-chip products using Silicon Wave’s Bluetooth 1.1 qualified Baseband IP.

Hitachi and Silicon Wave, a designer and provider of RF communication system components, are to join forces on the development of system-on-chip products using Silicon Wave’s Bluetooth 1.1 qualified Baseband IP.

As part of the agreement, Hitachi has licensed Silicon Wave’s Baseband IP and will integrate it into their H8S microcontroller. The resulting single chip baseband processor will feature on chip flash or ROM and together with Silicon Wave’s SiW1502 Radio Modem IC it will be possible to design a micro size two-chip Bluetooth module of less than 15mm x 20mm.

Silicon Wave’s Odyssey Baseband IP is a Bluetooth specification 1.1 compliant product with support for point-to-point, piconet, master/slave switch, flow control, low power modes, and all SCO and ACL data packet types. The Odyssey Software is licensed as portable C-source and operates with a small code footprint requiring only 12Kbytes RAM, 128Kbytes ROM, and less than 5 MIPS load on the host.

Silicon Wave also recently announced a licensing agreement with Cirrus Logic. Cirrus will also be developing future version of its ‘Maverick’ microprocessors with an integrated Bluetooth baseband and radio interface.