Broadcom to Help Develop Bluetooth for Next-Generation Palms
Broadcom Corp. and Palm Inc. have announced that they will work together to develop an advanced Bluetooth architecture for use in a next-generation Palm handheld. This will be based on Broadcom's Blutonium line of transceivers. Specifically, it will be designed around the Broadcom BCM2033, which is a single chip solution optimized for use in handheld computers.
Bluetooth, an international standard for short-range wireless data communications, will allow Palm handheld users to interact with a variety of devices, creating Personal Area Networks. For example, users will be able to HotSync without wires or use a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone as a modem for wireless networking, among many other possibilities. Bluetooth operates at data rates approaching 1 megabit per second without needing a line-of-sight connection.
The BCM2033 is a complete Bluetooth 1.1 compliant Bluetooth solution integrating the 2.4 GHz fractional-N radio transceiver and baseband controller all in a single chip. Integration onto a single chip was made possible because the entire Blutonium line was developed in a standard digital CMOS (or Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) manufacturing process.
"Palm handhelds adhere to highly restrictive space and power requirements in order to optimize size and battery life," said Angel Mendez, senior vice president of Global Operations at Palm, Inc. "Broadcom's Bluetooth products are a best-value solution meeting our cost, size, performance and power requirements, while also meeting Bluetooth specifications.''
The fact that Palm is going to release a handheld with built-in Bluetooth isn't new. Palm announced that months ago. However, this is the first announcement of any details.
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