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Chip integrates Bluetooth, FM audio for mobile handsets

Posted: 05 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:BRF6350? Bluetooth? BlueLink 6.0? FM stereo? Texas Instruments?

Texas Instruments Inc. announced its next generation BlueLink 6.0 (BRF6350) platform that combines Bluetooth wireless technology with high-fidelity FM stereo and mono performance on a single chip. The BlueLink 6.0 platform is designed to provide complete hardware and software support, enabling ease of design and speeding time to market for mobile device manufacturers. In addition, BlueLink 6.0 supports streaming FM stereo music from the handset to a Bluetooth-enabled headset.

The BRF6350 device integrates a Bluetooth baseband, RF transceiver, ARM7TDMI, memory (ROM and RAM), power management and an FM receiver. The Bluetooth functionality supports data rates of 2Mbps and 3Mbps with sensitivity of -85dBm. The device features on-chip power management that is adapted to cellular applications. (LDO support range is 1.7Vdc to 1.9Vdc and direct connection to battery is 2.2Vdc to 5.4Vdc.)

The BRF6350 chip incorporates TI's Bluetooth/WLAN co-existence hardware and software products, providing a collaborative interface with the company's WiLink mobile WLAN product for optimal bandwidth and resource sharing. It includes the company's BlueLink Bluetooth and FM protocol stacks, and all software required to work with TI's OMAP platforms and OMAP-Vox chipsets for GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCMA and UMTS. The chip supports Linux, Microsoft Windows Mobile or Symbian operating systems.

BlueLink 6.0 WSP (wafer scale package) and modules are sampling now. Mobile devices using BlueLink 6.0 are expected to be on the market in early 2007.

- Janine Love

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