Microwave Journal

RFMD(R) Provides Bluetooh(R) Solution to Leading Handset Baseband Supplier

November 16, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2006--RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, today announced a collaboration with MediaTek, Inc., a global leader in consumer and communications IC solutions, to create Bluetooth(R) enabled EDGE and GPRS mobile phone reference designs with RFMD's SiW3500. The SiW3500 is a fully qualified system-on- chip (SoC) for Bluetooth technology with excellent RF performance and low power consumption. Customers will benefit from the turnkey solution, which reduces development resources and improves time to market. In addition, handsets will be enabled with Bluetooth profiles that allow multimedia applications such as music streaming to Bluetooth stereo headsets. "RFMD is committed to providing easy-to-integrate solutions to enhance next-generation mobile phones," says Dave Lyon, Vice President of Wireless Connectivity. "This reference design with MediaTek is significant because MediaTek is a growing industry leader driving advanced functionality into handsets, and our collaboration proves Bluetooth technology is increasingly a mainstream application across most categories of mobile phones." The SiW3500 is a highly integrated, single-chip Bluetooth solution that combines a direct conversion radio modem with an ARM7TDMI(R) processor core, Bluetooth baseband logic and complete protocol software in ROM. All active RF components have been integrated into the CMOS-based IC, making it a complete low-cost solution with a very small footprint.