Press Release Summary:
Based on SiW3500(TM) UltimateBlue(TM) single-chip BluetoothÂ® IC and Dspfactory BelaSigna(TM) 200 single-chip DSP-based audio processing system, stereo headset reference design accommodates stereo as well as telecom audio. It features ability to switch on-the-fly between mobile phones, portable audio players, and other devices enabled with Bluetooth technology. Design components include compact form-factor, headset development test board, and USB Class 1 adapter.
Original Press Release:
Headset Reference Design Combines SiW3500 UltimateBlue Bluetooth IC And Dspfactory's BelaSigna 200 Audio-Processing System
To Deliver Exceptional Audio Performance With Ultra-Low Power Consumption
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD), a leading provider of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for wireless communications applications, and Dspfactory, a leading provider of ultra-low power audio processing systems for portable and wearable devices, today announced the availability of an advanced headset reference design that enables manufacturers to significantly reduce time-to-market and cost for Bluetooth(R) stereo headsets.
Based on the SiW3500(TM) UltimateBlue(TM) single-chip Bluetooth integrated circuit (IC) and Dspfactory's BelaSigna(TM) 200 single-chip DSP-based audio processing system, the reference design includes all of the components required for an end-to-end, one-stop solution.
Demonstrations of the advanced headset reference design will be featured in RFMD's Booth #326 and Dspfactory's Booth #514 at WiCon World 2004 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 8 - 10, 2004.
Worldwide, wireless headsets represent the second largest segment of the explosive Bluetooth market, which industry analysts forecast will grow more than six-fold over the next three years. The proliferation of streaming stereo audio through portable audio players, notebook PCs, cellular handsets and other mobile devices is driving global demand for wireless headsets. The advanced stereo headset reference design accommodates stereo as well as telecom audio and features the ability to switch "on-the-fly" between mobile phones, portable audio players and other devices enabled with Bluetooth technology.
"Our headset reference design provides customers with everything they need to quickly develop and bring to market full-featured stereo headsets with unmatched audio performance and superior battery life," said Dave Wilding, senior manager, product marketing, for RF Micro Devices. "All of this is accomplished at a very competitive bill-of-materials cost, resultant from the extremely high levels of integration of both the SiW3500 and the BelaSigna 200."
Todd Schneider, vice president of technology at Dspfactory, said, "Manufacturers of portable stereo audio devices require a ready-to-go solution that can be quickly designed into multiple form factors and address both telecom and streaming audio applications. At the same time, they are seeking to meet consumer demand for great sound, low cost and extended battery life. The highly integrated reference design enabled by the SiW3500 and BelaSigna 200 fully satisfies all of these requirements."
Advanced Headset Reference Design Components
-- Compact form-factor headset reference design
-- Headset development test board
-- USB Class 1 adapter
-- Full documentation, including schematics, Gerber files, complete bill of materials, charging circuit recommendations, royalty-free software and user's guide
-- Direct conversion architecture delivers superior Bluetooth RF performance
-- Very low current consumption in both active and standby modes for extended battery life
-- On-chip 50 Ohm RF matching reduces BOM and simplifies PCB layout
-- On-chip ADC for battery level detection
-- Bluetooth Specification Version 1.2 qualified
-- Supports eSCO, improving audio performance
-- Supports Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) for coexistence with 802.11 devices
Dspfactory's BelaSigna 200
-- Integrated single-chip technology facilitates high-fidelity sound
-- Cost-effective single chip contains DSP core, patented WOLA coprocessor, stereo audio chain, memory and more
-- Ultra-miniature size easily integrates into small devices
-- Ultra-low power consumption
-- Audio enhancement algorithms for filtering out noise and automatically adjusting the comfort, quality and clarity of speech
Dspfactory Ltd. is a leading provider of ultra-low power audio processing systems for portable and wearable devices. Many of the world's top electronic device manufacturers rely on Dspfactory's reconfigurable integrated circuit solutions to deliver exceptional audio performance. Dspfactory's micro-miniature technology is optimized for digital hearing aids, wireless headsets and other portable, battery-powered devices. Dspfactory also provides development tools, training and audio expertise to accelerate the implementation of digital signal processing (DSP) solutions. Founded in 1998 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Dspfactory has facilities in Canada and Switzerland. For more information, visit dspfactory.com.
About RF Micro Devices
RF Micro Devices, Inc., an ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified manufacturer, designs, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary RFICs primarily for wireless communications products and applications such as cellular and PCS phones, base stations, WLANs and cable television modems. The Company offers a broad array of products - including amplifiers, mixers, modulators/demodulators, and single-chip receivers, transmitters and transceivers - representing a substantial majority of the RFICs required in wireless subscriber equipment. The Company's goal is to be the premier supplier of low-cost, high-performance integrated circuits and solutions for applications that enable wireless connectivity. RF Micro Devices, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol RFMD. For more information about RFMD, please visit www.rfmd.com.
About RF Micro Devices' Acquisition Of Silicon Wave
In May 2004, RF Micro Devices acquired Silicon Wave, Inc., a leading provider of low-power highly integrated RF communication system components for the global Bluetooth wireless market. RFMD's Bluetooth product portfolio includes highly integrated single-chip Bluetooth solutions that do not require external flash memory and leverage system-on-chip (SoC) technology to integrate the radio modem and digital baseband functions onto a single chip. RFMD is a Gold Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
RF MICRO DEVICES(R), RFMD(R), Silicon Wave, the diamond logo design, the SiW product name prefix and UltimateBlue are trademarks of RFMD, LLC. Dspfactory and BelaSigna are trademarks of Dspfactory Ltd.
BLUETOOTH is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A. and licensed for use by RF Micro Devices, Inc. All other trade names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
RF Micro Devices
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