Chomping on Bluetooth

Silicon Wave has formed a strategic alliance with Philips Components to expedite the deployment of Bluetooth wireless communications.

Silicon Wave, a designer and provider of RF communication system components, has formed a strategic alliance with Philips Components to expedite the deployment of Bluetooth wireless communications. Philips participated as a strategic investor in the San Diego, CA-based company’s recent $57 million round of funding.

Under the new agreement, Silicon Wave and Philips Components will jointly develop a series of Bluetooth PC peripheral products that incorporate Silicon Wave’s Odyssey SiW1502 Radio Modem integrated circuit (IC), SiW1601 Link Controller IC and Protocol Stack software.

Silicon Wave will provide system architecture, application and development support to Philips Components, who will contribute the design, software, manufacturing and marketing expertise needed to get the products to market. Some of the Bluetooth products under development include PC cards, USB dongles and mini-PCI adapters.

Other recent Bluetooth activity has seen CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) and Widcomm, a developer of short range wireless communications and Bluetooth networking, demonstrate their own pre-qualified hardware and software combination that will also enable OEMs to build Bluetooth compatibility into PCs and other devices.

CSR claim to have been the first to offer a fully Bluetooth qualified, true single chip (incorporating the RF, baseband and microprocessor) including firmware up to HCI whilst Widcomm claim to have been the first to offer a complete Bluetooth Protocol including the stack layers above HCI.

Together CSR’s BlueCore01 and Widcomm’s software enable developers to implement a pre-qualified Bluetooth design off the shelf.

Developed by Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba – Bluetooth wireless communications enables many different types of communications, computing and audio/video devices to ‘talk’ to one another without a physical connection.