TI Announces Integrated FM Audio And Stereo Single-Chip Bluetooth Solution
Texas Instruments announced its next generation BlueLink 6.0 platform that combines Bluetooth wireless technology with FM stereo and mono performance on a single chip. The BlueLink 6.0 platform provides complete hardware and software support, enabling ease of design and speeding time to market for mobile device manufacturers. In addition, TI's solution supports streaming FM stereo music from the handset to a Bluetooth-enabled headset.
Since both Bluetooth and FM functions are integrated on the same silicon, the solution ensures optimal RF co-existence between the two functions, and also provides power savings in the most commonly used modes of operation, such as page and inquiry scan. The BlueLink 6.0 single chip also incorporates TI's Bluetooth/WLAN co-existence hardware and software solution, providing a collaborative interface with TI's WiLink mobile WLAN solution for optimal bandwidth and resource sharing.
The BlueLink 6.0 platform includes TI's BlueLink Bluetooth and FM Protocol Stacks and all software required to work with TI's OMAP platforms and OMAP-Vox chipsets for GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and UMTS. The solution offers designers the flexibility to work with Symbian, Linux, or Microsoft Windows Mobile operating systems.
The BlueLink 6.0 platform (BRF6350) is the industry's smallest Bluetooth and FM single-chip solution providing the lowest total system cost, and is manufactured in TI's DRP technology at 90 nanometers.
BRF6350 also provides RDS (Radio Data Systems) functionality, letting users tune to radio stations immediately without spending time searching. RDS also enables interactive services that provide visual information on the song and artist currently playing on the radio and lets users vote via their phones, as well as purchase concert tickets and ring tones.
BlueLink 6.0 WSP (wafer scale package) and modules are currently sampling. The WSP option reduces board footprint by 50 percent compared to a traditional BGA package. Mobile devices using TI's BlueLink 6.0 solution are expected to be on the market by the end of 2006.
Source: Texas Instruments
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