MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today announced sampling of its first Bluetooth chip set--called BlueMoon I--which includes an integrated controller with baseband, link manager and host interface functions, and a separate radio-frequency transceiver chip.
"We've designed a system that is fully software tunable and highly adaptable to any modifications made to the Bluetooth specification," said Guenter Weinberger, senior vice president and general manager of the Wireless Systems Group at Infineon.
The BlueMoon I baseband integrated circuit incorporates a link controller with an inte-grated PCM interface, UART support for both software or hardware handshaking, and integrated program ROM. An external flash interface also on the device for rapid prototyping and early production start using code in off-chip nonvolatile storage, said Infineon. The IC is fabricated in advanced CMOS and available in two package options: a 7-by-7 mm LFBGA81 or a 14-by-14 mm TQFP100.
The RF transceiver contains integrated receive and transmit paths, said the Muinch chip company. The receive path integrates the intermediate frequency (IF) filter on-chip and does not require any exter-nal filter for the Bluetooth specification, said Infineon, which added that the radio performance of the transceiver makes it possible to design applications with significantly longer working range than with competing solutions. The transceiver is manufactured in an advanced BiCMOS process and available in a small outline, TSSOP38 package.
Pricing information on the two-chip set was not immediately available. However, Infineon said the bill of materials for a Bluetooth wireless connection would be less than $17 per system when quantities reach 1 million units. That cost is below the current average with other chip sets, according to the company.