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Reference design enables low-cost Bluetooth mice

Posted: 26 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth? reference design? low-cost mice?

Broadcom Corp. and Avago Technologies have jointly announced a new low-cost reference design platform for building laser mice based on Bluetooth technology. The new reference design combines Broadcom's Bluetooth silicon and software with Avago's LaserStream mouse sensor technology, reducing the number of required components while simplifying the design process.

The Broadcom/Avago reference design enables manufacturers to build full-featured Bluetooth laser mice at less the cost existing solutions. Laser mouse products based on this reference design will offer high-quality performance, one-click pairing (enabled by Broadcom software) and over six months of battery lifeproviding an ideal travel mouse solution for Bluetooth-enabled notebook PCs.

The Bluetooth laser mouse reference design includes a new navigation platform developed by Avago, and offers a wide range of high-precision optical sensors that incorporate its LaserStream technology and Broadcom Bluetooth technology. This enables mouse manufacturers to build laser wireless mice with the most accurate control at a fraction of the current cost, as well as to offer low power operation that achieves more than six months of battery life. The reference design takes advantage of the fact that Bluetooth technology is already found in nearly 40 percent of today's notebooks and has been developed and continually tuned to co-exist with Wi-Fi, which also operates in the 2.4GHz radio frequency.

Avago, which pioneered optical sensing for mouse technology, and Broadcom are working with several of the world's leading device manufacturers to bring Bluetooth-enabled laser mice products to market. By leveraging highly integrated components and other cost saving techniques that reduce the overall system cost for PC manufacturers, these partners expect to significantly reduce manufacturing costs.

"As the size and form factor of today's PCs continue to shrink, this miniaturization is driving the requirement for peripheral devices such as computer mice, keyboards and other related devices to be smaller and offer more features," said Kee-Hane Ngoh, VP and general manager, navigation products division, Avago Technologies. "By sharing our design resources and bringing together Avago's best-in-class LaserStream sensor and Broadcom's Bluetooth solution, our companies have set a new standard for laser mouse functionality and cost."

The Bluetooth Laser Mouse reference design is available immediately.

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