Parthus BlueStream Platform Receives Independent Qualification for Bluetooth™ 1.1
Monte Carlo, France - June 6, 2001 - Parthus Technologies
(Nasdaq: PRTH; LSE: PRH), a leading developer of platform-level
intellectual property (IP), today announced it has achieved Bluetooth™
v1.1 qualification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) through
an independent third party certification authority.
Bluetooth v1.1 is the latest iteration of the industry-wide wireless
connectivity standard designed to eliminate the needs for cables between
communicating devices. The version 1.1 specification has several important
updates to the previous Bluetooth standard, including significant
improvements to ensure interoperability between different Bluetooth
With the newly-qualified BlueStream, customers are assured of complete
pre-certification of the Parthus intellectual property platform, thus
speeding the time to market for next generation mobile Internet devices.
Parthus' technical leadership in Bluetooth is reflected in the number and
the caliber of BlueStream licensees, including five of the top 10
semiconductor companies worldwide. Announced licensees of BlueStream
include 3Com, Agilent, Hitachi, PrairieComm and STMicroelectronics.
"Bluetooth is destined to become a ground-breaking consumer and
business application," said Gerry Maguire, vice president of the Wireless
Business Unit at Parthus. "We have been designing and licensing our
BlueStream platform for over three years at Parthus and, as Associate
members of the Bluetooth SIG, we contribute to specification reviews and
Working Group deliberations. The inherent technical superiority of our
BlueStream platform, coupled with our convergence roadmap of bringing
together multiple IP platforms to enhance the Bluetooth offering, has
helped us license BlueStream to the world's leading wireless semiconductor
companies, including 3Com, Agilent, Hitachi and ST."
The Parthus BlueStream platform is one of the industry's most
comprehensive offerings containing all the necessary technology for
semiconductor companies to rapidly integrate Bluetooth into their product
offerings. The solution encompasses a comprehensive radio offering
(including CMOS RF; digital baseband offered both in baseband IP and full
system-on-a-chip) and complete software stacks for baseband and host
In addition to extra networking capabilities, the Bluetooth v1.1
specification includes master-slave switching both at connection set-up
and during connection, and encryption and authentication including
pairing. Further new capabilities include park, hold, and sniff modes for
low power consumption, audio links, inquiry and inquiry scan modes and
test modes. Parthus' BlueStream supports point-to-multipoint
communications with the master connected to seven slaves, which is the
maximum number possible in Bluetooth the v1.1 specification.
Bluetooth technology represents a significant advance in wireless
connectivity, allowing for a variety of devices - PCs and printers, cell
phones and vending machines, and CD players and headphones, for example -
to be linked via short-range radio signals without the need for cumbersome
cables. Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba formed the Bluetooth
Special Interest Group (SIG), the specification's guiding body, in 1998.
The SIG now claims over 2,000 members, including most major technology and
telecommunications companies worldwide. Industry research firms forecast
that Bluetooth technology will be used in 100 million mobile phones and
other communication devices by 2002.
The Parthus BlueStream Platform delivers the complete Bluetooth
Radio ICs (SiGe, CMOS and mult-mode RF)
Baseband Controller IP
The BlueStream 1000 baseband
controller IP solution provides the radio and lower link controller for
the Bluetooth specification. The Parthus Platform leads the industry in
form factor, MIPS requirements and software ROM size. The Parthus BB is
targeted at 0.18mm CMOS. The proposed Parthus partitioning is a digital
1Mbps interface with low-voltage signaling.
Protocol Software Architecture & Deliverables
Parthus protocol stack software has been written in ANSI C using object
oriented techniques, and has been architected to be modular and easily
extended. The software can support both L2CAP variants, with L2CAP either
residing on a host above the HCI or below the HCI in a deeply embedded
ASIC implementation. The stack extends all the way to the RFCOMM and SDP
layer and comes with a fully documented API for applications developers.
Again, with a baseband protocol stack requiring less than 40kbyte, the
solution is optimized for integration.
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