Lucent Technologies and Ericsson attack Bluetooth

Lucent Technologies Microelectronics Group are collaborating with Ericsson Mobile Communications to develop solutions for the Bluetooth wireless technology market based on Ericsson’s Bluetooth core architecture. The collaboration includes joint development of a highly integrated Bluetooth system-on-a-chip module ‘super component’.

Bluetooth wireless technology is expected to revolutionise personal communications by allowing cellular phones, PCs, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other devices to share information without the need for wires. For example, users will be able to read the email on their notebook computers remotely using their cellular phones. According to market research firm Cahners In-Stat Group, there will be over 670 million Bluetooth enabled devices worldwide by 2005.

Ericsson initiated the Bluetooth wireless technology in 1994 and has together with Lucent and other members of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) developed the Bluetooth Specification since 1998. Last year, Lucent and Ericsson agreed to share intellectual property. Both are promoters of the Bluetooth SIG.

The first products to result from the collaboration are Lucent’s W7020 radio frequency module and W7400 baseband based on the Ericsson architecture. Ericsson plans to use the RF module in some of its first Bluetooth products. The two companies are also currently developing the ‘super component,’ which incorporates the entire RF/baseband radio subsystem into a single component.

The Bluetooth wireless technology is an open specification for communication of data and voice. The result of cooperation between leaders in the telecommunication and computer industries, the Bluetooth specification specifies a system solution comprising hardware, software and interoperability requirements.

The Bluetooth radio operates in a globally available 2.4 Ghz ISM band, offering a unique opportunity for communication compatibility worldwide. Further information on Bluetooth wireless technology, including the 1.0 specification, can be found on the official Bluetooth Web site at http://www.bluetooth.com.

For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at http://www.lucent.com. More information on Lucent’s Bluetooth products may also be found on the Bluetooth Web site at http://www.lucent.com/micro/bluetooth.