Cambridge blazes a Bluetooth trail


Cambridge blazes a Bluetooth trail

Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) and software company Widcomm have launched a hardware/sofware combination that they say will enable designers to implement Bluetooth both cheaply and quickly.

CSR makes single chips that perform the dual function of a radio and a processor - a job formerly requiring the use of two separate chips. Widcomm provides protocol software, developer kits and test tools.

“We are the leaders in Bluetooth software and CSR are the leaders in Bluetooth hardware,” said Widcomm president and CEO, Hiep Pham. “This announcement provides the best of both worlds to our customers. It helps end-users to develop Bluetooth solutions effortlessly,” he added.

“Using software and hardware that has already been qualified will cut the design, development and testing time,” said CSR’s MD, Glenn Collinson. “The result will be savings in time and money.”

CSR, which has recently received funding from Compaq and Phillips, also announced that they had received an investment of an undisclosed amount from Sony Corp.

Last year the company has tripled its workforce to over a hundred and MD Phil O’Donovan says that he plans to increase that figure to over 200 by the end of this year. CSR is now well placed to expand even further and to boost production of its single-chips, as well as develop further BlueCore products, he said.

Sony’s investment in the company comes just a week after it announced that it was considering using Bluetooth technology in its Clie electronic organiser. O’Donovan points out that there are a number of products which could incorporate their Bluetooth chips and said that he anticipated a rapid expansion for the technology in the PC market in the coming year.

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