Ericsson, National Semiconductor agree on Bluetooth license

Stockholm, Sweden—Ericsson Technology Licensing announced Dec. 3 that it has signed a licensing agreement to provide its latest Bluetooth radio core, K-D1, to National Semiconductor, an analog company focused on the market for wireless handsets.

By Control Engineering Staff December 6, 2002

Stockholm, Sweden— Ericsson Technology Licensing

The Bluetooth radio core gives National Semiconductor a Bluetooth design solution that can be completely ported into its manufacturing process, enabling it to differentiate products for different manufacturing processes and different market segments.

‘National’s broad portfolio of Bluetooth products, from chip sets to modules to accessories, will be enhanced by our licensing agreement with Ericsson,’ says Jean-Louis Bories, executive vp of National Semiconductor’s IA and Wireless division. ‘We are strong believers in Bluetooth and the added value Bluetooth solutions provide customers in applications such as mobile handsets and PDAs. ‘

‘By signing a licensing agreement with National Semiconductor, one of the world’s top semiconductor companies, we have taken a big step toward reaching our goal of integrating our Bluetooth solution into mass market consumer products,’ says Maria Khorsand, president of Ericsson Technology Licensing. ‘This puts new fuel into the Bluetooth market, where the demand for chips is expected to grow more than 300% next year.’

The fourth generation radio features on-chip integration of the radio front-end using a 0.18-micron RFCMOS process and featuring low external component count and no radio-sensitive external components. The package includes evaluation hardware and design database, as well as simulation results and schematics. Furthermore, qualified samples manufactured in the foundry mother process are also included.

Control Engineering Daily News DeskGary A. Mintchell, senior