Infineon Technologies today announced availability of the BlueMoon UniCellular chip, its newest integrated circuit for Bluetooth wireless applications.
Said to be three times faster than any Bluetooth solution, the new BlueMoon UniCellular chip is a single chip that has one of the industry’s smallest packages. It supports the Version 2.0 Bluetooth standard, as well as the new Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) functionality, has low power consumption and possesses excellent radio frequency characteristics, making it a viable solution for GSM, EDGE and UMTS mobile phones.
Infineon says that BlueMoon UniCellular’s new Enhanced Data Rate functionality will enable mobile handsets with wireless multimedia capabilities to exchange data three times faster within a ten metre personal range. The net data rate, previously 721 kilobits per second (kbps), becomes 2.1 Megabits per second (Mbps), while the energy budget for transmitting a single bit simultaneously goes down by a factor of three.
“Market experts anticipate that Bluetooth will soon be a standard interface in mobile phones such as IrDA is today. By 2007, we expect about every second mobile phone to be equipped with Bluetooth functionality,” said Dominik Bilo, Chief Marketing Officer of the Secure Mobile Solutions business group at Infineon Technologies.
Sample quantities of the BlueMoon UniCellular chip are available today. Full production is expected to start mid 2005. The BlueMoon UniCellular chip is offered in a WFLGA-56 lead-free and halogen-free package, which is a Very-Very Fine Pitch Land Grid Array package with 56 pins.