Broadcom samples Blutonium family of chips

Irvine, California–Broadcom Corp., a provider of ICs enabling high-speed broadband communications, today introduced its Blutonium family of Bluetooth radio and baseband chips. Designed in digital complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS), the company believes that the new product line provides a clear integration path to a single-chip Bluetooth solution incorporating both RF and baseband sections.

“The secure, automatic, and instantaneous sharing of data made possible by the Bluetooth protocol will enable scores of new products and applications for mobile data services,” says K.C. Murphy, vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s RF and Advanced Mixed Signal Business Unit. “The Blutonium family’s combination of strong radio performance and high levels of integration in a low-cost CMOS process are essential for the widespread adoption of Bluetooth technology. We believe the only path to achieve industry price targets is through production in the lowest cost process technology, which is CMOS. Broadcom is demonstrating this now.”

The Blutonium family’s two baseband processors are designed for applications requiring a standard Bluetooth interface (the BCM2039), and for a more flexible interface to the host controller (the BCM2019). Used with the family’s BCM2001, a Bluetooth radio, Broadom reports that each baseband processor provides the basis for a wide variety of Bluetooth system solutions.

“The Blutonium family represents the combination of very strong technology bases from our acquisitions of Innovent Systems and Pivotal Technologies earlier this year,” says Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III, Broadcom’s president and CEO.


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