Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Freescale Combines Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband Wireless

Freescale Semiconductor demonstrated high data rate Ultra-Wideband (UWB) silicon operating under existing Bluetooth software stacks. The demonstration, held at WiCon Americas this week, leverages partners Open Interface and Frontline Test Equipment to stream UWB signals using Bluetooth protocols and track the protocols via an analyzer.

Freescale said the combined functionality enables direct sequence-UWB (DS-UWB) to meet the higher-speed demands of streaming high quality video applications. Developers could also tap into the strong ecosystem created for Bluetooth devices.

The demonstration compares a pure Bluetooth-to-Bluetooth file transfer between laptops (max rate of 1 Mbps) with a file transfer using UWB radios equipped with Open Interface's BLUETusk software and operating at up to 110 Mbps. http://www.freescale.com

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