Advanced Bluetooth™ Technology From Broadcom Selected for Apple's New Wireless Keyboard and MouseBroadcom's Blutonium™ BCM2040 First Bluetooth Solution to Ship With Adaptive Frequency Hopping and Other Upcoming Bluetooth 1.2 Features
IRVINE, Calif., Sep 17, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of silicon solutions enabling broadband communications, today announced that the new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse utilize Broadcom's recently announced Blutonium™ BCM2040 single-chip solution to eliminate the wires connecting these peripherals to Apple desktop and portable computers. Broadcom's low power, highly integrated wireless Bluetooth™ keyboard and mouse solution features long battery life and next-generation radio interference mitigation technology, enabling the convenience of a cord-free work environment for Apple's customers.
The forthcoming Bluetooth 1.2 standard specification, which is scheduled for formal ratification later this year, includes new features designed to improve the performance and usability of Bluetooth products that operate in the increasingly noisy 2.4Ghz radio spectrum, where millions of Wi-Fi® wireless LAN devices also operate. Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH), as specified in Bluetooth 1.2, provides for intelligent Bluetooth devices to monitor the frequency band, identifying channels with the least interference and hopping within those channels to ensure the best quality communications and to minimize Bluetooth interference with Wi-Fi devices. The new wireless mouse and keyboard from Apple are the first products to ship with this feature already built-in.
"Apple is a true innovator and a technology leader in the personal computer industry, with a solid reputation for adopting and implementing the latest technologies for its customers' benefit," said Yossi Cohen, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Wireless WAN Business Unit. "Its selection of Broadcom technology is a great testament to our engineering team's ability to jointly develop robust and reliable products that meet the requirements of an exacting partner like Apple."
Apple's adoption of Bluetooth for its new generation of wireless keyboard and mouse products will help drive the industry migration to Bluetooth as the new standard for wireless input devices. Both the mouse and they keyboard are based on the Broadcom® BCM2040. Bluetooth is the ideal technology for this application with its ability to intelligently and securely manage the communications between peripheral devices, minimize radio interference in dense user environments such as schools and offices, and provide extended battery life, with Apple's new products leading the way.
"Standards are key ingredients for innovation and Apple continues to lead the industry in supporting and integrating standards and advanced technologies at every level," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Broadcom's ability to deliver advanced, standards based technology made the Blutonium solution the obvious choice for our new wireless keyboard and mouse."
The Broadcom Blutonium™ BCM2040 integrates the entire system for the mouse and keyboard as well as the complete Bluetooth wireless sub-system onto a single chip. It provides a powerful combination of the most advanced technology features available among all other shipping Bluetooth mouse and keyboard solutions. The BCM2040 incorporates a number of power saving techniques that result in substantially longer battery life for the mouse and keyboard. By lowering system cost and enhancing performance and reliability, the BCM2040 enables the introduction of a whole new generation of Bluetooth-based input devices for notebook and desktop PCs.
Broadcom's built-in firmware is compliant with the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) profile, and is compatible with the upcoming Bluetooth 1.2 specification, providing overall Bluetooth system performance that far exceeds industry requirements. AFH implementation in the BCM2040 allows Apple's new keyboard and mouse products to take early advantage of the advanced interference avoidance techniques specified in the next-generation standard. By avoiding random radio noise in the 2.4GHz spectrum as well as intelligently managing the frequency utilization, AFH contributes to optimal radio performance of all devices in the wireless environment.
Superior Radio Performance
With very high receiver sensitivity and excellent blocking performance, the Blutonium product line is ideally suited to perform well in harsh radio frequency (RF) environments, such as those inside mobile computers, PDAs and mobile phones. Manufactured in a low cost and low power standard digital CMOS process, the Blutonium line features high levels of integration, incorporating all RF circuits on-chip and requiring only very few external passive components, thereby reducing system cost and board space requirements.
The BCM2040 builds upon previous generations of successful Broadcom Blutonium products, including the BCM2002 Bluetooth radio and single-chip Bluetooth baseband and radio integrated devices, such as the BCM2035 and BCM2033, all of which are currently in high volume production. The BCM2040 is also in high volume production, and is priced at $6.25 for sample quantities.
Additional information about Apple's new Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are available on Apple's website (www.apple.com).
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