TI Combines 802.11n, Bluetooth & FM Into Single Chip

Texas today announced two new devices built on the company’s leading DRP(TM) single-chip technology designed to drive affordable WLAN, Bluetooth® and FM technologies into mass market handsets. The first product is WiLink(TM) 6.0, a single chip that is the latest member of TI’s mobile WLAN (mWLAN) family, and is the industry’s first device to integrate a complete offering of mobile WLAN, Bluetooth and FM, with support for IEEE draft 802.11n for better coverage and reception. The second product is the BlueLink(TM) 7.0 solution, the latest version of TI’s BlueLink(TM) Bluetooth single-chip family that integrates Bluetooth and FM. The FM functionality in both devices delivers FM transmit and receive capabilities, turning the handset into a personal area broadcast device. Handsets are expected to be on the market with TI’s WiLink 6.0 and BlueLink 7.0 in 2008.

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN – News) today announced two
new devices built on the company’s leading DRP(TM) single-chip technology
designed to drive affordable WLAN, Bluetooth® and FM technologies into mass
market handsets. The first product is WiLink(TM) 6.0, a single chip that is the
latest member of TI’s mobile WLAN (mWLAN) family, and is the industry’s first
device to integrate a complete offering of mobile WLAN, Bluetooth and FM, with
support for IEEE draft 802.11n for better coverage and reception. The second
product is the BlueLink(TM) 7.0 solution, the latest version of TI’s BlueLink(TM)
Bluetooth single-chip family that integrates Bluetooth and FM. The FM
functionality in both devices delivers FM transmit and receive capabilities,
turning the handset into a personal area broadcast device.

The new chips are tightly integrated monolithic solutions that enable the
functionality demanded by today’s consumers, allowing them to send and receive
more data on their mobile phones with an enhanced voice and audio experience.
Both devices are manufactured in leading-edge 65-nanometer (nm) technology,
delivering a low-cost, low-power single chip with a small footprint.

Enabling Affordable WLAN, Bluetooth and FM for Mainstream Handsets

The new WiLink 6.0 device integrates mWLAN, Bluetooth and FM on a single chip,
allowing handset manufacturers to quickly and seamlessly integrate these three
functions into feature-rich mainstream handsets, giving more consumers access to
features usually found only in high-end handsets. By integrating the industry’s
first mobile 802.11n solution, consumers can seamlessly and quickly share large
files such as movies and photos between their handsets and other WLAN-enabled
devices, like laptops, digital cameras and gaming consoles. Operators and
service providers deploying dual-mode phone solutions expect 802.11n to
drastically improve voice call quality and reliability in VoWLAN applications.
The WiLink 6.0 device will help reduce dropped calls, lowering support costs for
these newer, more complex dual-mode solutions.

The new BlueLink 7.0 device integrates the industry’s best-performance Bluetooth
technology with high-quality FM stereo transmit and receive functions on a
single chip. With new FM transmit capability, consumers can enjoy MP3 files
stored on their phone on any FM receiver, such as car stereos or radios without
wires. The new chip also provides enhanced performance with support for
Bluetooth Specification 2.1 plus EDR (enhanced data rate). The WiLink 6.0
solution and BlueLink 7.0 device share the same Bluetooth and FM core solution,
allowing customers to capitalize on their past and future software investments
in a versatile manner.

"The phone is now the consumer’s center of gravity – the one device they use to
entertain, connect and access information. With the WiLink 6.0 single chip, TI
is enabling true voice over IP and personal audio broadcasting – allowing people
to use their phone in ways they never have before," said Marc Cetto, General
Manager of TI’s Mobile Connectivity Solutions. "TI’s deep expertise in wireless
and leading edge process technology makes us well positioned to take Bluetooth
and mobile WLAN to the next level and make them affordable for more consumers
around the globe."

Combined with single-chip modem solutions from TI, handset manufacturers have a
complete "antenna to application" solution for mid-tier and low-end handsets.
TI’s WiLink 6.0 platform can work with the OMAP-Vox(TM) family of solutions,
including the OMAPV1030 processor and OMAPV1035 "eCosto" single- chip EDGE
solution, to provide an optimized modem, applications processor and mWLAN/Bluetooth/FM
solution for mid-tier handsets. Coupled with TI’s "LoCosto" single chip
platform, BlueLink 7.0 is a cost-efficient solution to increase Bluetooth
penetration in handsets by addressing the high-volume, low-cost emerging handset
market.

"Mobile devices with both WLAN and Bluetooth are primarily found in the high-end
of the global handset market today. A more affordable, integrated mWLAN and
Bluetooth solution, such as TI’s new WiLink 6.0 single chip, should help push
these key technologies toward the mid- and low-tier segments, and into the hands
of more mass-market users," said Neil Mawston, Associate Director of the Global
Wireless Practice, Strategy Analytics.

TI leads the market in mobile WLAN shipments for handset applications, according
to Forward Concepts. Using this expertise, the new WiLink 6.0 device is designed
to meet increasing consumer demand for PC-style high-throughput connectivity on
the go without compromising battery life. The combination of mWLAN, Bluetooth
and FM functionality allows users to perform a variety of simultaneous tasks,
such as listening to the radio on a Bluetooth headset while checking email via
mWLAN.

Designed with TI’s innovative DRP technology, the BlueLink 7.0 device cuts power
consumption by 20 percent over previous generations in critical modes of
operation. It also provides superior "class 1.5" functionality, which enables
high transmit power without an additional external power amplifier, delivering
improved sensitivity and RF performance.

TI also brings seamless cellular and WLAN connectivity for emerging IMS
applications by leveraging its VoWLAN functionality provided by TI’s OMAP-Vox
and WiLink solutions. IMS gives consumers on-the-go voice access over WLAN or
the cellular network using their mobile phones.

Proven Coexistence Platform

The new WiLink 6.0 and BlueLink 7.0 solutions include TI’s proven robust
coexistence platform which addresses system-wide interference issues,
encompassing radio design and hardware and software solutions. Coexistence
expertise is becoming increasingly important as more radios are being added to
the handset. TI leads the market in coexistence solutions for Bluetooth and
mWLAN, with more than 30 handsets using TI’s coexistence platform.

Availability

Handsets are expected to be on the market with TI’s WiLink 6.0 and BlueLink 7.0
in 2008.

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