SAN DIEGO--Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. here and Symbol Technologies Inc. of Holtsville, N.Y., today announced an alliance to jointly develop products for Bluetooth wireless connections, including radio-frequency ICs and a reference design kit with software support.
"Bluetooth applications will include virtually every digital communications or control device found in the home, office or factory within the next five years," said Stav Prodromou, president and CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor. "This will happen because the cost will become affordable and connectivity to the information infrastructure and Internet will be available through the cellular phone network."
Peregine plans to use its Ultra-Thin Silicon (UTSi) silicon-on-insulator CMOS technology to produce RF chips for 2.4-GHz frequency links in Bluetooth applications. Initially these wireless connections will support data networking over distances of 10 meters, but Peregrine said it also plans to offer future Bluetooth products for distances up to 30 meters.
Symbol said it will integrate the jointly developed Bluetooth components into application-specific information appliances, data and voice wireless networks, and bar code and data capture scanner products, and Bluetooth radio solutions for original equipment manufacturers.
As Bluetooth networking features become cheaper, the market for wireless personal area networks (PANs) could reach $2 billion by 2005, according to analysts at Applied Business Intelligence
"Symbol and Peregrine began preliminary work in mid-1999, and we've each contributed substantial development manpower to the project," said Tomo Razmilovic, president and chief operating officer at Symbol. "Combining Symbol's leading wireless LAN technology with Peregrine's CMOS silicon-on-insulator process and design expertise will accelerate widespread availability of the high-speed, low-cost wireless chip sets that will be needed to make wireless Internet connectivity truly ubiquitous," he predicted.