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Silicon Wave Samples UltimateBlue 3000 Single-Chip RFCMOS Bluetooth Radio Processor.

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CTIA Wireless 2003

Booth #6512

NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17, 2003

Direct Conversion Radio Modem, Arm7TDMI Baseband Processor and Protocol Software in ROM Are Integrated into a Single IC That Delivers

a High-Performance, Low-Cost Bluetooth Solution

Silicon Wave, a leading supplier of integrated circuits for Wireless Personal Area Networks, today introduced the single-chip UltimateBlue(TM) 3000 radio processor that delivers the proven high-performance capabilities of previous Silicon Wave Bluetooth(TM) products while being implemented on a low-cost 0.18-micron CMOS process.

The highly integrated IC combines a direct conversion radio modem with an ARM7TDMI(R) processor core, Bluetooth baseband logic, and complete protocol software in ROM, in a 1.8V device. The UltimateBlue 3000 is Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1 compliant and is field upgradeable to the future Bluetooth Specification Version 1.2 via optional flash memory download. Samples of the UltimateBlue 3000 are available now with full production scheduled for the second quarter of 2003. Silicon Wave will be showcasing the UltimateBlue 3000 radio processor during CTIA Wireless 2003 at Booth #6512 in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

"The innovative design of the new UltimateBlue 3000 radio processor enables Silicon Wave to produce a complete, inexpensive Bluetooth solution in a single CMOS chip that delivers the same outstanding performance customers have come to expect from us," said David Lyon, CEO and president of Silicon Wave. "This makes it ideal for integration into mobile phones and other battery driven products where consumers expect low cost and exceptional RF performance in a small package."

The single-chip UltimateBlue 3000 radio processor features an innovative direct conversion radio architecture that not only considerably reduces a Bluetooth system's total bill of materials (BOM) cost, but also delivers RF performance that exceeds Bluetooth specifications by considerable margins. This added 'headroom' simplifies PCB design, reduces development effort, and allows customers to lower their manufacturing costs by eliminating tuning during volume production.

Designed to operate over an extended temperature range of -40(degree)C to +105(degree)C, and with a low out-of-band spurious emission transmitter that prevents blocking of sensitive RF circuits, the UltimateBlue 3000 has been optimized for use in mobile handsets. The IC is also designed to take advantage of future enhancements to the Bluetooth specification including Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) and faster connection. For PC-centric applications, the UltimateBlue 3000 supports Silicon Wave's previously announced Wi-Fi coexistence solutions, Blue802(TM) Technology and the Intel Wireless Coexistence System.

Additional features of the UltimateBlue 3000 single-chip Bluetooth IC include:
-- Single-ended RF I/O eliminates external balun and switch circuits, providing a virtually glueless connection to the antenna

-- All popular mobile phone reference clock frequencies supported

-- Better than -80dBm receiver sensitivity and up to +4dBm transmitter output power over extended operating conditions

-- Fast hardware-based Automatic Gain Control (AGC) circuit dynamically adjusts receiver for optimal performance

-- Optional external flash memory interface; applications can operate from ROM-based stack or from external memory

-- Supports UART, 3-wire UART and USB 2.0 full-speed host interfaces

-- Glueless PCM audio codec interface

-- Full Scatternet support without performance degradation

-- No "touches" in the factory: no tuning, no alignments, no adjustments in module or product assembly


"The UltimateBlue 3000 radio processor will clearly enable a sub-$4 total BOM cost," said Jarvis Tou, vice president of marketing and product management for Silicon Wave. "We believe this to be the lowest total cost Bluetooth solution available today, enabling wide spread integration of Bluetooth wireless technology into mobile phones, headsets, PDAs, PCs and automotive applications."

Availability and Packaging

The single-chip UltimateBlue 3000 radio processor is currently sampling with volume production scheduled for Q2 2003. The IC is available in a 6mm x 6mm x 0.9mm BGA-96 ball package.

About Silicon Wave

Based in San Diego, Silicon Wave is a leading provider of low-power, highly integrated RF communication system components for the global Bluetooth(TM) wireless market. Silicon Wave products and services include single-chip radio processors, stand-alone radio modems, baseband processors, software solutions and a baseband IP licensing program. Founded in 1997, the company was the first to deliver a fully qualified, single-chip radio modem for Bluetooth communications and first to achieve Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1 qualification for its products. Silicon Wave is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The company's Web site is located at http://www.siliconwave.com.

Silicon Wave, the diamond logo design, and the SiW product name prefix are registered trademarks and UltimateBlue is a trademark of Silicon Wave Inc. Blue802 is a trademark owned by Intersil Americas Inc. and Silicon Wave Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., and licensed to Silicon Wave Inc. All other product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
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