SAN DIEGO -- Silicon Wave Inc. here announced today that it has provided Microsoft Corp. with hardware on which the company will develop software to enable Bluetooth wireless technology support.
Microsoft is using Silicon Wave's Wireless Development System (WDS), based on Silicon Wave's SiW015 radio modem IC and SiW016 controller IC. The WDS provides the physical layer for Bluetooth wireless technology, as well as the microprocessor functions below the host controller interface (HCI). Microsoft's software will interface directly with Silicon Wave's baseband controller protocol stack through the HCI layer.
"Interoperability and applications are two very critical steps to Bluetooth's entry into the consumer market," said Dave Lyon, Silicon Wave's chairman and CEO. "We're excited that Microsoft has chosen our platform for software development, and are confident that they can deliver on both these steps."
Both companies are supporting interoperability between hardware and software providers to ensure complete end-to-end solutions for the Bluetooth wireless technology.
"Since becoming a Bluetooth Special Interest Group promoter, Microsoft has been aggressive about delivering Bluetooth wireless technology solutions to its Windows application developers," said Mike Wehrs, group planning manager for the mobile devices division at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. "Silicon Wave was first to market with reliable silicon that has enabled us to begin development immediately."