Spectre signs Taiyo Yuden to enhance Bluetooth value

Modular communications specialist Spectre has added one of the world's best-selling ranges of Bluetooth modules to its extensive portfolio, through a distribution agreement with Taiyo Yuden.

"Taiyo Yuden's philosophy is very close to our own at Spectre, with a strong product line based on industry standards and modularity delivering maximum value," said Doug Gilmour, marketing director, Spectre Communications. "Adding Taiyo Yuden to our line card strengthens our position as the UK's most dynamic advocate of flexible, high-capability wireless communications."

Taiyo Yuden's extensive module line-up offers a range of options, giving designers the flexibility to use high or low integration architecture for their Bluetooth solution, depending on their requirements in terms of system cost, size and performance. Options include discrete or integrated antennas, USB or UART interface and CDMA interface, plus software and firmware options including the serial communications profile SPP integrated on-chip. With this range of solutions, a highly optimised embedded solution is easily achievable. Full development support includes evaluation boards and software evaluation kits. RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant packages are also available in selected configurations, with further RoHS-compliant products scheduled for 2005.

New additions are imminent including longer range Bluetooth Class 1 modules and support for the IntelR WCS Phase-II Coexistence specification, which allows both Bluetooth and IEEE802.11b/g Wireless LAN technology to operate simultaneously on the same platform. The result allows optimised throughput for wireless applications on platforms such as notebook PCs.

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