First Bluetooth Provider to Combine Version 2.1 Features with Other Advanced Technologies that Enhance the Performance, Set-Up, Use and Security of Bluetooth Devices
"The Bluetooth 2.1 specification is an important milestone that will invigorate the Bluetooth market with revolutionary wireless applications," said Scott Bibaud, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Bluetooth line of business. "Designed with the future in mind, our latest solution combines Bluetooth 2.1 features with other advanced features to enable a new generation of devices with enhanced Bluetooth capabilities."
The BCM2046, Broadcom's latest single-chip Bluetooth transceiver, leverages EDR technology and superior receive sensitivity to provide exceptional wireless multimedia capabilities (such as audio and video streaming) for mobile phones, notebook and desktop computers, PDAs and peripheral devices. Although Broadcom achieved the Bluetooth 2.1 qualification today, its solutions have offered features of the new specification since 2006, including:
* Extended inquiry response (EIR) to speed up the discovery process; * Encryption pause/resume (EPR) to fix security holes; * Sniff subrating to enable significantly longer battery-life; * Secure simple pairing to provide maximum protection against eavesdropping.
While the BCM2046 transceiver complies with the new Bluetooth 2.1 specification, it is also backward-compatible with prior Bluetooth versions. As the wireless ecosystem continues to grow, it is critical that all Bluetooth devices can communicate with one another regardless of their underlying technology.
Software is another key aspect of the expanding Bluetooth ecosystem. Having shipped hundreds of millions of Bluetooth products, Broadcom distinguishes its solutions with a mature software stack and the industry's most extensive library of Bluetooth profiles. When combined with BCM2046 silicon, Broadcom's BTW (Bluetooth for Windows), Bluetooth Embedded (BTE)- Mobile and BTW-CE software provides OEMs with a flexible and complete technology platform that can enable a wide range of Bluetooth applications.
Bluetooth Version 2.1 Qualification Information
Version 2.1 of the Bluetooth specification was formally approved by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) on July 30, 2007. Once the Bluetooth SIG adopted Version 2.1 of the specification, the BQB began accepting products for review and qualification based on the new standard. Broadcom's reference design, incorporating the BCM2046 and BTE software, was among the first solutions to achieve BQB qualification and continues to fulfill all requirements for V2.1-compliance.
Benefits of EDR Technology
Responding to a need for a higher bandwidth version of Bluetooth (as defined by the Bluetooth SIG), EDR triples total bandwidth to three Megabits per second (Mbps) with a maximum data throughput rate of up to 2.1 Mbps. Electronic devices with Bluetooth EDR can transfer multimedia files, such as music or video clips, up to three times faster than previously possible and use significantly less power by cutting the amount of time the transceiver is active. EDR technology also extends the range of Bluetooth devices and improves coexistence with other radio technologies, such as Wi-Fi(R).
Broadcom's Bluetooth Product Family
Broadcom offers the most complete family of Bluetooth silicon and software solutions for mobile phones, PCs, wireless headphones and headsets, peripherals, gaming and other applications. Broadcom's Bluetooth solutions are recognized as the industry's most widely deployed and feature-rich solutions available. The world's largest manufacturers of consumer electronics, mobile phones and personal computer products rely on Broadcom Bluetooth technology to provide their customers with a unique, intuitive and feature rich user experience increasingly free of wires and cables.
Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art, system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).
Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2006 revenue of $3.67 billion, and holds over 2,200 U.S. and 900 foreign patents, more than 6,600 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video and data. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5900 or at www.broadcom.com.
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