EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today claimed development of the smallest radio module for Bluetooth wireless connection systems based on a new embedded antenna technology, which is extremely flexible and does not require changes in the shape of end-user products.
Traditionally, reduced antenna sizes have resulted in reduced tolerance for variations in systems. This problem makes it difficult to integrate radio-frequency functions inside equipment and it prolongs the development cycle, said the chip division of Royal Philips Electronics N.V.
The Dutch company claims it has resolved the problem in a new small radio module for Bluetooth, called the BGB100A. The module contains a unique Bluetooth antenna, which Philips said will improve the robustness of wireless signals while allowing a reduction in size requirements.
Philips said it cooperated with leading antenna manufacturers in producing the BGB100A module, and it is continuing to work with suppliers to develop new cost effective methods of integrating antenna functions into Bluetooth devices. Details about those efforts were not released.
Prototypes of the Bluetooth radio module are scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2002. The first products will be available in the third quarter at an estimated price of $7.50, said Philips.
Separately today, Philips Semiconductors said it has now delivered more than three million Bluetooth chip sets worldwide. "Philips Semiconductors has continued to ramp-up Bluetooth shipments throughout 2001, and in 2002 we expect to see massive market growth as Bluetooth wireless technology enters new markets," said Francisco Ferrer, product line manager for the Personal Area Networks unit at Philips Semiconductors.