EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors has introduced what it calls a "plug-and-play" integrated radio module for use in cellular and multimedia Bluetooth applications. The module uses Philips' Bluetooth chip set to provide wireless links for the industrial, scientific and medical (IMS) band between 2,402 and 2,480 MHz.
"The TrueBlue radio module benefits manufacturers through easier design-in, reduced cost of ownership and faster time-to-market," said Robbert van der Waal, international product marketing manager for Bluetooth RF products at Philips Semiconductors, which is a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics N.V. in Eindhoven.
The new TrueBlue (BGB100) 0dBm radio module comprises a fully integrated, near-zero intermediate frequency (IF) transceiver chip, antenna filter, Tx/Rx switch, Tx and Rx baluns, VCO resonator and supply decoupling, and is fully compliant with the Bluetooth radio specification v1.0.
Philips said the module has a typical sensitivity of -85dBm, and uses open loop demodulation to reduce power consumption and is contained in a single plug-and-play module measuring only 120mm2.
Samples of the TrueBlue (BGB100) 0dBm radio module are expected to be available in October, with volume production set for January 2001. The module will sell for $8 each in minimum quantities of 1,500 units.