Electronics specialists, Mitel Semiconductor and Philsar Electronics, are collaborating on a chipset for the Bluetooth radio initiative, which they claim consumes the lowest amount of power in the industry.
The Bluetooth project is the brainchild of Ericsson, Nokia, Intel, IBM and Toshiba and the aim is to link computing devices together using short range radio technology instead of wires.
Mitel and Philsar are developing PCMCIA based radio chipsets and software that are scheduled to ship as early samples by the end of the year. General availability is forecast for the first quarter of 2000.
According to Mike O'Neill, Philsar's marketing vice president, the resultant product will use a lower voltage than other chipset products and consume less battery power. It will be aimed at personal digital assistants (PDAs), notebooks and other mobile devices.
Philsar will contribute its Radio Signal Processor technology to the alliance, while Mitel will provide the base band hardware and related software used to process radio protocols.
Antoine Panquin, Philsar's president and chief executive, said: "To optimally access the benefits of Bluetooth, mobile communications equipment designers require ultra low power and highly integrated solutions. Philsar's Radio Signalling Processing technology delivers Bluetooth solutions that can provide both of these."
Bluetooth technology is expected to appear in 200 million devices by 2002 and Dataquest also forecasts that 79 per cent of digital cellular phone handsets will incorporate Bluetooth kit by 2002.
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