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Bluetooth v.2.1 chip gears up for automotive

Posted: 10 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth v.2.1 chip? automotive application? power optimization?

CSR announced that it has enhanced its BlueCore4-ROM Plug-n-Go automotive Bluetooth silicon with Bluetooth v.2.1 functionality.

BlueCore4-ROM Plug-n-Go is a Bluetooth chip that adheres to both the AEC-Q100 automotive stress test qualification and Bluetooth v.2.1, enabling OEMs to create feature-rich in-car multimedia systems quickly and easily.

CSR has subjected the design to full automotive standard stress testing and updated BlueCore4-ROM to the latest Bluetooth standard. Bluetooth v.2.1 includes enhanced power optimization, improved security and simple pairing. Simple pairing allows users to pair devices quickly and simply without the need for pin codes. Discoverable devices can be set to automatically pair with in-range devices, a useful feature for pairing phones or MP3 players with automotive Bluetooth hands-free and music kits.

In addition, Bluetooth v.2.1 supports sniff sub-rating, which reduces power consumption for battery-operated devices such as remote controls. It also allows pairing by other technologies; for example, the pairing can be initiated simply by passing Near Field Communications-enabled devices close to each other.

Pricing starts at less than $5 in quantities of 100,000. Devices are now available.

- Ismini Scouras

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