applications in a stand-alone mode on a single chip.
"According to market analysts, Cahners In-Stat, 2001 is
pinpointed as the year the Bluetooth market will really take
off," commented Glenn Collinson, co-founder and marketing
director, CSR. "This prediction is concurrent with the
increase in design-wins and the availability of the first generation
of Bluetooth-enabled consumer products now on the market."
A number of major international companies including Sony, IBM,
Compaq, LG, Xircom, NEC, Fujitsu, ALPS, TDK, Mitsumi and Psion, have
already used BlueCore01 in the development of consumer Bluetooth
devices such as laptop/notebook PCs, PDAs, access points, printers and
cellular phones & headsets.
CSR launches range of low cost Bluetooth development tools
Bluetooth Congress, Monaco - June 5, 2001 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon
Radio) has today announced its MicroSira and CompactSira development
tools for integrating Bluetooth functionality into a range of
applications. These new tools can enable the rapid development
of host side software for PC and PDA applications. The new
platforms complement CSR's BlueLab, announced in March 2001, and can
be used to develop stand-alone, end-user equipment such as headsets,
mice and keyboards with applications running on CSR's Bluetooth
chips. MicroSira and CompactSira provide engineers with a
comprehensive development platform for the production of an extensive
range of host-based, Bluetooth enabled applications. MicroSira
and CompactSira can be purchased as a $499 upgrade for existing
customers of the Casira development system.
Both new products consist of a Bluetooth hardware interface,
containing CSR's single chip solution, BlueCore01(tm), and development
software. MicroSira, a USB connected Bluetooth device, requires no
external power supply and is approved to version 1.1 of the USB
specification supporting 12 Mb/s operation on the USB interface.
CompactSira is a Compact Flash format expansion card offering Class
One Bluetooth performance with adaptive power control for maximum
application flexibility. If multiple units of the
appropriate tool are used then full piconet operation can be tested
and evaluated. Both products are shipped with host side test and
demonstration utilities, example source code of Dynamic Link
Library's, transport drivers and device firmware utilities.
"For a lot of companies, success will depend on their ability
to bring Bluetooth applications to market rapidly. MicroSira and
CompactSira present engineers with the tools to do so in an easy to
use form," said Glenn
Collinson, CSR's marketing director and co-founder.
"Using these tools, designers can quickly and cost effectively
develop and test new software for a range of functions, from printer
drivers to mobile phone applications."
3Com selects CSR's single-chip solution for Bluetooth modules
Bluetooth Congress, Monaco - June 6, 2001 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon
Radio) announced today that 3Com, a leading networking products and
solutions company, will base its range of Class 2 Bluetooth modules on
BlueCore(tm)01 single-chip solution. The modules will include
a PC Card, USB device, internal notebook module, and a USB printer
module. Production is scheduled for late summer 2001 and by the end of
the year consumers will be able to purchase the products from leading
The modules, aimed at the PC market, the OEM market and the
consumer market, will enable multiple intelligent devices - such as
PC's, printers and notebooks - to communicate without cables, using
short-range radio technology.
"Our choice of CSR as a 3Com silicon partner was dependent on
meeting three important criteria - size, cost and technical
support," said Rick Maule, vice president & general manager
of 3Com's Mobile Connectivity Division. "CSR's BlueCore solution
has enabled us to design small-form factor products quickly and cost
effectively with help from a strong technical support team."
3Com joins a growing list of major international companies
including Sony, IBM, Fujitsu, LG, ALPS, TDK, Mitsumi and Psion that
have already used BlueCore01 in the development of a range of
BlueCore is manufactured on an industry standard low-cost CMOS
process. It is capable of running the full Bluetooth protocol stack
on-chip eliminating additional overhead on the host processor. An
integrated application layer provides users with the flexibility to
run Bluetooth applications on-chip in a stand-alone mode without a
Based in Richardson, Texas, CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio)
specializes in providing single-chip radio devices to the global
market for short-range radio communications, including
Bluetooth. The company's mission is to
create the most highly integrated radio devices available,
fabricated using standard CMOS technology, to provide its customers
with the low cost of ownership of high quality digital radio.
CSR was the first company to offer a fully integrated 2.4GHz radio,
baseband and microcontroller Bluetooth solution on one CMOS chip, with
its BlueCore(tm)01. CSR's BlueCore01 is the world's first true
single-chip Bluetooth solution. Together with external Flash ROM
containing the CSR Bluetooth software stack, it provides a fully
compliant Bluetooth solution for data and voice communications.
The design is optimized to require very
few external RF components to facilitate a rapid design of the
motherboard, and therefore reduce time to market and lower overall
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