SAN FRANCISCO Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Wednesday (April 11) rolled out a single-chip solution that combines Bluetooth core specification version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)-compliant baseband, a radio frequency transceiver and a worldwide FM radio receiver. The company also said its 88W8688 single-chip Bluetooth solution, introduced last year, has been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
Marvell (Santa Clara, Calif.) said the new device, the 88W8689, is a highly-integrated, low-power device that supports enhanced data rates and extended-range features at a low total system cost. The device also supports simultaneous use of Bluetooth applications and FM radio, and includes support for the new Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR features, the company said. The 88W8689 is optimized for both voice and audio transmissions to enable mobile, low-power consumer devices, according to the company.
"The 88W8689Marvell's second device enabling Bluetooth version 2.0 + EDR featuresextends our ability to drive high-volume consumer applications such as cell phones and portable media players," said Paramesh Gopi, vice president and general manager of the embedded and emerging business unit of Marvell's communications and consumer business group. "In addition, the 88W8689 will enable our customers to build extremely low-power devicesincluding hands-free car kits and Bluetooth headsetsthat deliver an enhanced Bluetooth experience."
Marvell said the 88W8689 is currently sampling with tier-one customers and is expected to be in production in the second half of this year.
The 88W8688, introduced in August 2006, delivers WLAN and Bluetooth in a single die and provides extended battery life in cell phones, converged devices, gaming devices and consoles, portable media players and other applications requiring short- and long-range connectivity, according to Marvell.
"The enhanced data rates of the 88W8688, combined with its unique, highly integrated design and extended range, will enable a new class of consumer wireless devices," Gopi said.