Infineon and Toshiba to Introduce Bluetooth Solution to Consumer Products|
5 December, 2001
Infineon Technologies AG
Munich, Germany, and Tokyo, Japan, December 05, 2001--Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) and Toshiba Corporation's Semiconductor Company today announced two key components for integrating the benefits of Bluetooth into consumer products: Infineon's RF transceiver IC, PMB 6626, and Toshiba's baseband LSI, TC35651. The Infineon Toshiba collaboration began in March 2001, and these first products are targeted for consumer products with Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (UART) functionality, such as PCs, notebooks and other consumer products.
To offer customers a total solution in Bluetooth wireless communications, the transceiver IC and baseband LSI share a common digital interface. Simplifying the integration of Bluetooth technology into products, the two devices are expected to promote a rapid expansion in the number of Bluetooth-enabled products.
"Our co-operation with Toshiba will further accelerate Bluetooth penetration into consumer products", explained Christian Baumgart, vice president and general manager of Short Range Wireless at Infineon Technologies. "Our new PMB 6626 expands our BlueMoon family and is a major step towards embedded Bluetooth applications."
"We are very excited by this opportunity to bring our baseband LSI and Infineon's RF transceiver IC to our customers." said Shigeru Komatsu, general manager of Network & Telecommunication System LSI Division of Toshiba's Semiconductor Company. "We see Bluetooth as the most promising digital communications technology. Toshiba is a founding member of Bluetooth Special Interest Group and promotes Bluetooth-related products. Our baseband LSI with Infineon's RF transceiver IC will help us establish a leading position in the emerging digital consumer market."
Infineon further expands BlueMoonTM Family
In order to complement the BlueMoon family of Bluetooth system solutions, Infineon has developed the new Bluetooth RF transceiver PMB 6626, which provides a pure digital baseband interface to embedded baseband solutions.
Due to the high level of integration, the PMB 6626 combines overall cost effectiveness with a reduced Bill of Material and highest performance, including an input sensitivity level of -91dBm. Major building blocks, including integrated 13MHz oscillator cell and Gaussian pulse shaper are fully integrated into Infineon's new RF transceiver solution.
PMB 6626 samples have already been delivered to key customers who have adapted the PMB 6626 as a perfect match for Toshiba's Bluetooth baseband LSI, and volume production will start in first quarter of 2002.
Toshiba Introduces Baseband LSI "TC35651"
Toshiba's Bluetooth baseband LSI is fabricated with 0.18 complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology and has a 1.5V power supply. It incorporates a reduced instruction set computer (RISC)-based processor, embedded SRAM and a PCM digital audio interface that enables transmission of audio data. It also integrates interface circuits for USB1.1 and UART.
In developing this LSI, Toshiba has adopted core circuit technology from Nokia, the world leader in cellular phones, which achieves highly reliable interoperability between multiple Bluetooth-enabled platforms.
TC35651 samples also have already been delivered to key customers. Mass production of LSI will start in the first quarter of 2002.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba Corporation's wide-ranging capabilities assure the company's position as a world leader in semiconductors, LCDs and other electronic devices, and allow it to support customers around the world with a complete portfolio of semiconductor solutions. Toshiba has 188,000 employees and annual sales of over US$47 billion. Visit Toshiba's website at http://www.toshiba.co.jp.
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