OTTAWA -- Mitel Corp.'s semiconductor division today announced the industry's first Bluetooth baseband controller with integrated full-duplex audio coder-decoder (codec).
The company said the MT1020 performs voice and data processing in Bluetooth wireless applications, but it is based on a unique architecture optimized for voice.
"Mitel sees voice as being essential to Bluetooth. So, we are offering a full voice and data solution," said Martin Huckle, product marketing manager for Bluetooth at Mitel Semiconductor. He added that Mitel has applied its expertise in telephony, voice, and data systems to meet the performance, cost and power consumption targets necessary for Bluetooth wireless connection.
Bluetooth is a short-distance wireless link aimed at connecting a range of computers, peripherals, telephones, office systems, and consumer products.
The MT1020 controller includes a microphone amplifier, earpiece driver and filter, compliant to the ITU-T G.712 standard. Mitel Semiconductor said it has minimized power consumption in the device by implementing all the time-critical elements of the Bluetooth protocol stack in hardware as opposed to software. This lowers the central processing overhead. The device further reduces power consumption by operating the internal core with a 1.8-volt power supply, said the company.
Bluetooth development kits will be available in August, prices at $4,000.