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Complete Easy to Implement Bluetooth™ Development with XEMICS and IAR Systems

(PRWEB) November 8, 2002

Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Mountain View, CA, 12th November , 2002.

A complete Bluetooth starter kit is now shipping from XEMICS, with an easily programmable demo headset profile example from IAR Systems. XEMICS’ XE1401 IC features fully integrated Bluetooth IP up to the Host Controller Interface (HCI). IAR is providing the upper protocol layer Bluetooth software. This starter kit enables customers to develop complete Bluetooth applications, supported by both XEMICS and IAR Systems, with significantly shorter time to market. In addition IAR Systems is able to offer complete development support up to and including the Bluetooth test and qualification.

A complete Bluetooth headset from the microphone to the speaker, using the XE1401 in combination with the XEMICS’ ultra low power CODEC, XE3005 actually consumes less than [email protected] when using a HV3 data package. The XE1401 consumes around [email protected] during full operation. This is the world’s lowest power Bluetooth baseband solution and allows our customers to achieve talk times far beyond 10h, even when using lowest cost disposable batteries. This Bluetooth headset application example based on XEMICS ultra-low-power EasyBlue™ baseband controller XE1401 and using IAR Systems upper Bluetooth protocol stack was successfully demonstrated at the Bluetooth Congress in Amsterdam, 11th-14th June.

The XEMICS’ XE1401 Single chip Bluetooth baseband add-on solution, requires no external components including eliminating the need for extra memory. It is a fully integrated lower layer Bluetooth protocol, compliant to revision 1.1.

The flexible nature of the XE1401 means that it supports various Bluetooth radio chips, e.g. Sykworks CX72303 (supports Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 radio modules). In addition the XE1401 is able to support 13 MHz or 16 MHz clock sources. It uses a high speed UART to interface to any host processor.


By focusing on the embedded systems industry, IAR Systems has reached the position of leading supplier of software development tools for embedded microcontrollers. Since the company was founded in 1983, IAR has worked in close cooperation with the world’s major chip manufacturers to develop a wide range of programming tools supporting a large number of chip architectures. The tools today consist of highly efficient C and EC++ compilers in the IAR Embedded Workbench™ development environment, the device driver wizard IAR MakeApp™ for graphical configuration and initialization of the chip and creation of complete device drivers and the IAR visualSTATE® graphic programming tool with a patented technology to generate validated and small production-ready code. IAR Systems also provides a total solution for Bluetooth protocol stacks and applications, from development of Bluetooth devices to qualification, using IAR PreQual. IAR Design Services injects engineering expertise and experience into embedded system projects. It contributes to IAR’s mission to reduce the development time for embedded systems and accelerate time-to-market. IAR Systems has offices in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. More information is available at


XEMICS’ core expertise is to provide ultra-low power on-chip wireless data connectivity solutions for various applications. With a proven track record coming from the watch and hearing aid industry, XEMICS utilizes their ultra-low power technology to design semiconductors with the lowest possible power consumption. These highly integrated Wireless-ConnectICs™ need a minimal number of external components. With a focus on application specific standard products, XEMICS is already a leading provider of ultra low power CODEC’s, wireless RF transceivers, GPS as well as Bluetooth solutions. XEMICS’ headquarters is located in Switzerland with a network of sales and support throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and South Africa. As a fabless semiconductor company XEMICS provides regional and web based support to their range of reference designs and tool kits.

For further information, please contact:

Florence Amez-Droz

Public Relations Manager

XEMICS Switzerland

Phone: +41 32 720 5670

Fax: +41 32 720 5770

E-Mail: [email protected]


Lars-Erik Stenkil,

Business Development Manager,

IAR Systems AB

Phone: +46 36 345 000,

Fax: +46 36 345 001,

E-mail: [email protected]


EasyBlue and Wireless-ConnectICs are trademarks owned by XEMICS. IAR Embedded Workbench, IAR C-SPY, IAR MakeApp, IAR visualSTATE and IAR PreQual are trademarks owned by IAR Systems. The BLUETOOTH trademarks are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A. and licensed to IAR Systems AB and XEMICS. All other products are registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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