Dongle collaboration

Widcomm and Texas Instruments have unveiled a new Bluetooth USB dongle reference design, based on TI’s BSN6050 chip.

Widcomm and Texas Instruments have unveiled a new Bluetooth USB dongle reference design, based on TI’s BSN6050, that provides Bluetooth functionality for electronic devices.

The Widcomm/TI dongle allows wireless connectivity between a PC and peripherals, printers or mobile phones, and provides Bluetooth functionality without the need for software installation and configuration.

Users can use the dongle directly ‘out of the box’ on any USB-compatible device for a true ‘plug-and-play’ experience.

The ROM-based BSN6050 supports 723 Kbps (DH5 packets) of data, which is the full Bluetooth data rate.

Features include support for up to 7 piconet links and up to 3 simultaneous Synchronous Connection Oriented (SCO) voice channels. The device also supports master-slave switching and Park, Sniff and Hold modes for power reduction applications.

Prototypes with Human Interface Devices (HID) support are now available for Bluetooth-enabled peripheral devices (keyboard and mouse). Later releases will include dial-up support to be used in combination with mobile phones (DUN-profile) and printing support (HCRP, BPP, BIP profiles).

A GVC dongle based on the WIDCOMM/TI USB dongle reference design will be available as an OEM product in Q3 2002 and will cost less than $20 in volume quantities. Dongles from other manufacturers will be available subsequently.