DALLAS--Texas Instruments Inc. here has introduced a new low-cost chip set for Bluetooth wireless connections using a new 0.18-micron baseband controller, which contains a fully integrated software stack in read-only memory. The ROM-based controller eliminates the need for a separate flash memory device in Bluetooth system designs.
The "flashless" chip set will sell for about $5 each in high-volume quantities of 2 million units in 2001, according to TI.
By leveraging chip integration technology, system architecture and advanced processes, TI is able to "kick-start the long-anticipated Bluetooth market," declared Christian Dupont, general manager of TI's short-distance wireless business unit in Dallas.
TI's initial release of the BSN6030 controller provides point-to-point transmissions. The company said it is also planning to offer another version supporting point-to-multipoint capabilities. The controller takes up 6-by-6 mm2 of board space.
TI said it is also offering a 5-by-5 mm2 TRF 6001 Bluetooth radio-frequency transceiver chip. According to TI, the new RF chip is the first available with advanced sensitivity reception better than -86 decibells per milliwatt, which is -16 dB better than the current Bluetooth specification, said the company.
The TRF6001 RF transceiver is packaged in TI's 56-lead Microstar ball-grid array "Junior" package. The BSN6030 baseband controller is offered in several different chip packages, including an 80-lead Microstar BGA Junior.