ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group here today announced a licensing pact with Ericsson Mobile Communications AB in Sweden and plans to jointly develop solutions for Bluetooth wireless applications, based on Ericsson's core architecture.
The two companies said they will develop system-on-chip modules for a "super component" design, which will cut the cost, reduce power consumption, and speed production of products for Bluetooth links between PCs, cellular phones, other handheld units, and computer peripherals. Lucent and Sweden's LM Ericsson cited market projections from Cahners In-Stat Group, which expects over 670 million Bluetooth-enabled devices to be shipped worldwide by 2005.
"Lucent choosing the Ericsson implementation of the Bluetooth core is a very important milestone for Ericsson," said Jan Ahrenbring, vice president of marketing and communications at Ericsson Mobile Communications, a subsidiary of LM Ericsson. "Lucent has demonstrated expertise in RF microcircuit design and in communications semiconductors, which is important to Ericsson," he added.
Ericsson said it initiated Bluetooth wireless technology in 1994. The Swedish company, along with Lucent and other members of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), has been involved in the development of industry specification since 1998. Last year, Lucent and Ericsson agreed to share intellectual property.
"We feel our vast combined experience in wireless technology will provide our customers with a clear time-to-market advantage and a range of best-in-class Bluetooth solutions," asserted Greg Waters, wireless vice president for Lucent Microelectronics.
The first products to result from the collaboration are Lucent's W7020 radio frequency module and W7400 baseband based on the Ericsson architecture. Ericsson said it plans to use the RF module in some of its first Bluetooth products. The two companies said they are also now developing a "super component," which incorporates the entire RF/baseband radio subsystem into a single device.