NEWPORT, Calif. -- Following its recent purchase of Bluetooth supplier Philsar Semiconductor Inc., Conexant Systems Inc. here said it will announce its foray into the market at this week's Bluetooth Congress 2000 in Monte Carlo.
Conexant said it plans to deliver its first Bluetooth product line in the fourth quarter based on Philsar's radio-frequency (RF) technology and its communications portfolio and systems design expertise. Its Bluetooth offering will include a line of radio components, a variety of single- and two-chip system solutions and a software protocol stack including application profiles. Conexant said it hopes the products will offer manufacturers a consistent development environment, low bill-of-materials and manufacturing costs, and provide the autonomy and affordability which consumers need in personal wireless connectivity applications.
Conexant said it also plans to incorporate Bluetooth technology into products from multiple divisions and develop Bluetooth-enabled semiconductors for additional communications applications, including cable modems, home networking products, digital imaging devices and advanced mobile terminals supporting voice and data services.
"Bluetooth technology is poised to become a key standard for personal area networks of the future, and we plan to take a unique approach to the Bluetooth market," said Moiz Beguwala, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant Systems Inc.'s wireless communications division. "In addition to providing Bluetooth components, we will deliver system solutions integrated with other communications products using Conexant devices.
"Conexant's synergistic portfolio of communications solutions will enable such applications as transmitting digital photos directly to your mobile PC using a Bluetooth-equipped camera or downloading email from your cell phone to your laptop on the go."
According to market reseachers at In-Stat Group in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bluetooth-enabled equipment sales will grow to 126 million units in 2002, at which time semiconductor sales for Bluetooth products will be worth more than $1.3 billion.