XEMICS Makes Bluetooth Easier New Solution with Embedded Bluetooth Controller and Programmable MCU
(PRWEB) June 9, 2004
XEMICS today announces a new device based on the unique Embedded-Host Architecture in their EasyBlue family. This programmable microcontroller with embedded Bluetooth controller makes the development of any Bluetooth application easier. The creation of the XE1431 was driven by the objective to provide ultra low power and easy to use solutions for Bluetooth Audio and Data applications.
The core of the XE1431 is the XEMICS Bluetooth Controller that is combined with a programmable 8 bit microcontroller with several standard peripherals like GPIO’s, a high speed UART, an audio CODEC and a power management unit. The embedded Bluetooth controller independently executes significant parts of the Bluetooth protocol stack and allows the development of application layer software without the need to validate the Bluetooth protocol stack integrity. A very low cost external serial Flash memory is used to store the customers application layer software. Thanks to this Embedded-Host Architecture, even Bluetooth beginners are able enhance any data and voice application with this communication technology.
“By putting significant parts of the Bluetooth stack in ROM, XEMICS’ XE1431 makes any external parallel Flash memory superfluous and has finally solved the difficulty of providing a cost and performance optimized Bluetooth device”, said Remy Pache, VP Marketing of XEMICS. “This allows our customers to keep abreast of the latest Bluetooth technology through software updates for the higher Bluetooth stack as well as the application layer”, he added.
The true 1.8V design in combination with the ultra low current consumption guarantees XEMICS’ leadership in providing the lowest power Bluetooth solutions on the market. By combining the XE1431 with the Skyworks Bluetooth radios, a “Flash” based headset can be build for less than US$ 11 BOM, in volume, and consuming less than 20 mW @ 1.8V. This has been successfully demonstrated at Wireless Connectivity World in Amsterdam using the XEMICS AudioBlue Headset reference design.
Due to the on-chip audio CODEC and power management unit, the XE1431 is a perfect fit for any Headset / Audio application where continuous software updates of the higher layers are vital to keep up to date with the latest Bluetooth implementation inside the various mobile phones on the market.
The XE1431 supports the typical Bluetooth profiles used in portable peripheral applications like Headset/Handsfree, Human Interface Device Profile, Serial Port Profile, File Transfer Profile and so on. As part of its solution strategy, XEMICS provides application examples and reference designs for these applications.
XEMICS is a privately owned fabless semiconductor company with headquarters in Switzerland and a worldwide sales and customer support network. XEMICS delivers a range of advanced short-range wireless connectivity solutions to a global customer base. XEMICS is a leading designer and provider of Wireless RF transceivers and Bluetooth applications, data acquisition, communication products, CODEC’s and GPS receivers. With a focus on high-quality low cost solutions XEMICS provides a combination of ultra-low power technology and innovative IC design.
For further information, please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Phone: +41 32 729 4170
Fax: +41 32 729 4001
E-Mail: [email protected]
Bluetooth is a SIG trademark, used under license by XEMICS. EasyBlue and AudioBlue are XEMICS trademarks.
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