Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Qualcomm Updates its Bluetooth Silicon

Qualcomm introduced the latest addition to its line of Bluetooth solutions for handset manufacturers. Qualcomm's new BTS4025 system-on-a-chip (SoC) -- which is now sampling -- offers full support for the latest Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) specification, as well as improved radio-frequency performance in a significantly smaller, more power-efficient package than previous Bluetooth chips. Qualcomm's BTS4025 SoC solution is optimized for interfacing with certain Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets and Qualcomm Single Chip (QSC) solutions that provide the complete Bluetooth upper layer stack and profiles, giving device manufacturing partners complete turnkey Bluetooth solutions for mobile handsets.

Qualcomm said its BTS4025 SoC's compact 3.2 x 2.9mm chip scale package is significantly smaller than any comparable solution. The solution extends battery life by reducing the stand-by current consumption by up to 50 percent when the device is scanning for other Bluetooth devices.
The first handsets using the new chips are expected to be available on the market later this year.