Here's one that I'm a little skeptical about: Design a Bluetooth headset in 60 minutes. That's the title of the press release I received today (see the associated How-To article, Design a Bluetooth mono headset in 60 minutes or less).
CSR launched a design solution package called the BlueVOX1 that it claims allows customers to create a high-performance, low-cost Bluetooth headset in as little as 60 minutes. The kit incorporates all the necessary hardware, software, design notes, and support for an advanced Bluetooth headset design.
The company's interoperability pre-testing and pre-qualified hardware and software make Bluetooth qualification of the end-product a formality. And under soon to be adopted rules, this qualification cost could be reduced to zero.
The kit is built around CSR's single-chip BlueCore4 hardware, which integrates a switch-mode power supply, a lithium battery charger, and an audio codec. Power consumption for active voice calling is less than 13 mA, falling to 0.076 mA in standby mode. This power consumption can be reduced even further when the headset is connected to an HFP1.5 EDR capable phone.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? In CSR's defense, they have made good on all their promises in the past. But a full design in less than an hour? I'll have to check that one out.