Silicon Wave Inc announced it has licensed Bluetooth wireless connectivity technology to Cirrus Logic Inc, which plans to integrate the function into its Maverick microprocessors for consumer products, such as Internet audio players, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and electronic books
"The agreement between Cirrus Logic and Silicon Wave is intended to get products with Bluetooth wireless technology out of the lab and into the hands of consumers," said Matthew Perry, vice president and general manager of the Embedded Processors Division at Cirrus in Austin, Tex.
Cirrus Logic said it has agreed to pay Silicon Wave a "small nonrecurring" engineering development fee over the next 12 months. Other terms of the agreement were not released.
Under the intellectual property licensing pact, Cirrus Logic plans to develop a series of future Maverick processors with an integrated Bluetooth baseband and radio interface to provide a total processing solution for both the portable device and protocol software. System manufacturers will only need an external single-chip radio modem, the SiW1502, from Silicon Wave to offer Bluetooth wireless connectivity, said company managers.