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CSR, Freescale team up on Bluetooth reference designs

Posted: 12 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? Cree? Bluetooth?

CSR plc and Freescale Semiconductor are collaborating to provide mobile phone makers with full-feature, high-performance, low-power Bluetooth reference designs. CSR's BlueCore hardware and software for Bluetooth will be combined with Freescale's 2.5G, 2.75G and 3G mobile phone platforms and the i.MX family of applications processors.

According to the press release, CSR's BlueCore4 ICs, BlueCore Host Software (BCHS) and BCHS Instant Mobile together with Freescale's platforms and processors provide a complete system solution for handset manufacturers to get to market quickly. Freescale's Mobile eXtreme Convergence cellular platforms and i.MX processors are designed to deliver high performance with low power consumption, open OS support, and built-in security.

BlueCore4 delivers data rates up to 3-times faster with lower power consumption than previous Bluetooth devices. BCHS provides the upper layers of the Bluetooth protocol stack, plus a large library of Bluetooth profiles, to provide a complete software solution with a simple API for embedded BlueCore applications. BCHS reduces power consumption by implementing all possible low power modes such as deep sleep mode, allowing the BlueCore silicon to effectively shut down the Bluetooth radio when not in use, minimizing the drain on a phone's power supply.

"Our proven, integrated 2.5G and 3G platforms and applications processors, joined with CSR's market-leading BlueCore technology, offer mobile phone makers robust reference designs to help deliver better performance and longer battery life," said Berardino Baratta, GM of multimedia applications division for Freescale's wireless group. "These are mature solutions manufacturers can trust and use to put Bluetooth technology on mobile handsets quickly and easily"

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