Silicon Wave, a designer and provider of RF communication system components, has announced the foundation of its Silicon Wave Connected Solutions Program
The program has been designed to provide customers with the global resources needed to rapidly develop complete Bluetooth solutions.
"Silicon Wave continues to work closely with trend-setting Bluetooth SIG members in spearheading the development of Bluetooth wireless technology," said David Wilding, manager of Bluetooth partnerships for Silicon Wave. "With our Connected Solutions Program, we deliver a variety of resources worldwide that help OEMs significantly accelerate Bluetooth products to market. We are currently working with the best in the Bluetooth industry in order to deliver complete and qualified Bluetooth solutions and we will continue to add participants throughout the year."
The program consists of four components, including a baseband IP program, authorised design centres, system software providers and module manufacturers.
Through the Baseband IP Licensing Program, Silicon Wave will offer its baseband IP to OEMs, in order to integrate Bluetooth baseband functionality into their system-on-chip ASIC designs. Silicon Wave's Baseband IP is Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1 qualified and is portable to multiple foundries, processors and RTOS. Current licensees include Cirrus Logic and Hitachi Semiconductor.
Authorised design centres (ADC) have been established to provide engineering resources, assisting OEMs with a variety of services including radio system design, protocol stack porting, reference designs, system integration and Bluetooth qualification. Current ADCs include RTX in Denmark, and Stellcom in the US.
System software providers offer Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1 qualified upper layer software stacks and profiles that have been tested and proven to interoperate with Silicon Wave hardware and lower layer software.
Module manufacturers provide complete, qualified HCI and radio-only Bluetooth modules enabling rapid time to market. These Class 1 and Class 2 modules are available with USB or UART interfaces. Current module manufacturers include ALPS Electric Co., Ltd., Reselec AG and Taiyo Yuden.