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Bluetooth IP Cores for Silicon

Many Bluetooth chips , silicon, single chip and system on a chip, baseband and ip cores listed from various Bluetooth firms across the world and UK. Including the cherryred, rosered, and risc microprocessor from arm.

If you know of other Bluetooth Wireless chips, silicon, single chip and system on a chip, baseband and ip cores firm / manufacturers add the company details. Thank you.

ARC Core
Company Website
ARC Cores is a subsidiary of ARC International, it is a developer of user-customizable, 32-bit processor cores, development tools, synthesizable peripherals, and other intellectual property (IP). Key market sectors in which ARC's products have been used are telecommunications, voice/data networking, and consumer electronics.

Current Bluetooth products include:
BlueForm IP is designed to add Bluetooth capability to the ARCtangent™-A4 microprocessor core. It allows developers to rapidly integrate a Bluetooth 1.1-compliant baseband controller. BlueForm IP is a pre-verified Bluetooth solution for ASICs, SoCs, and FGPAs, and it supports a range of embedded and consumer products.     It includes a baseband controller, a BlueRF-compatible radio interface, a Bluetooth protocol stack, a synthesizable UART host-controller interface, a suite of hardware- and software-development tools, and the ARCangel FPGA-based prototyping system. 

Company Website

ARM is a key provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions to the mobile comms industry. The company licenses its RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies.  The RISC microprocessor solutions are being used in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions.

ARM is very active in encouraging Bluetooth implementations on its existing cores and in products which already embody its IP. Many of the leading Bluetooth players are already using ARM IP - see their website for more details.

ARM's Bluetooth Update (pdf)

BrightCom Technologies
Company Website

BrightCom Technologies designs and sells Bluetooth Application Processors, chip and software platforms that aid the development of Bluetooth products, branded the IntelliBLUE product family.

BrightCORE Bluetooth Baseband & Stacks is BrightCom's Bluetooth intellectual property compliant with Bluetooth specification v1.0b, enabling the implementation of Bluetooth stack for embedded systems.

Company website

Provides a Bluetooth Baseband Intellectual Property product for high data rate and multipoint applications. It enables a cost effective implementation of Bluetooth functionality for computing and network access point products.

EBCP RoseRed  - qualified July 2001, waiver free
Provides a Bluetooth Baseband Intellectual Property product for handheld consumer electronics. It enables a low cost implementation of Bluetooth functionality in a variety of products.

EBCP CherryRed is a multipoint Bluetooth Baseband System-on-Chip Intellectual Property designed for high data rates in advanced computing and network access point applications. Data and voice, 7 slaves, inter-piconet.

Company website

inSilicon has developed a Bluetooth Baseband processor IP product, which claims significant reductions in chip cost as well as integration time and effort.  Their SOC solution is designed to be easily integrate-able into both SOC chip design and software environments for CPU architectures including ARM, MIPS, Hitachi-SH, x86, and others. 

Bluetooth Baseband Processor IP core
(coming soon) they say this will provide much needed special features to the SOC market that will enable significant reductions in chip cost as well as integration time and effort.

Mindtree Consulting
Company Website
Mindtree specializes in offering product realization services to integrate Bluetooth wireless technology into product designs cost effectively.   

Ethermind Baseband Controller Core BQB v1.1
Available as synthesizable Verilog core with LMP/HCI firmware, the IP can be reconfigured to operate with any 8/16/32 bit microcontroller on which LMP/HCI firmware resides and be reconfigured to interface with many Bluetooth radio implementations.  It supports various on-chip FIFOs and sizes and is customisable to minimise the SoC footprint.

The Ethermind Baseband core supports SCL data transfer and executes all datapath functions with error detection and correction logic, in addition to the management and control of the lower layer protocol.  It also manages channel selection and hopping functions, allowing the host processor to manage only the LMP/HCI layer functions. Intelligent radio control allows minimisation of power consumption.

New Logic
Company Website
NewLogic is a supplier of Silicon Intellectual Property (SIP) and IC Design Services. It offers a range of IC design capabilities for customers' specific requirements, as well as a number of IP cores which can be incorporated into the users' own system-on-chip (SoC) and product designs.

NewLogic has a range of Bluetooth products under the brand name BOOST  

BOOST Bluetooth Baseband and Software Protocol Stack up to HCI.

BOOST Software is a complete Bluetooth software stack, able to run on hosted or embedded systems, written in SDL and C.

BOOST Radio is a Bluetooth radio processor for integration into Bluetooth standard ICs and ASICs.

picoBOOST IP Core is a complete Bluetooth baseband processor solution. It incorporates a BOOST processor from Newlogic with the pT-100 microprocessor from picoTurbo. It can be used to implement a Bluetooth protocol stack. 

BOOST Lite enables users to implement NewLogic´s BOOST Core on to PLDs of Altera and FPGAs of Xilinx. It allows a cost-effective and flexible solution to achieve the Bluetooth wireless system.

BOOST Evaluation Kit is an FPGA-based prototyping platform for hardware/software evaluation, development and system validation of the implementation of Bluetooth wireless technology.

New Logic also offer IC design services combined with intellectual property and working relationships with silicon manufacturers. The company covers the entire IC design process, from system level design to component design and is able to offer professional interface services to test and production partners.

Company Website
Primarily involved in the semiconductor industry, Parthus is known as an Intellectual Property (IP) company, meaning they provide designs that can be readily incorporated into semiconductor manufacturers' integrated circuits (ICs). The company offers a range of platforms that power the computing, communications and mobile Internet markets.

Bluestream Platform is a small and low power Bluetooth silicon platform enabling mobile phone and electronics manufacturers to produce a 'single chip' Bluetooth solution. As well as possible future "zero chip" solutions.     The Bluestream Platform delivers a complete Bluetooth Platform comprising of Radio ICs (SiGe, CMOS and mult-mode RF), RF-to-DSP Interface IP, Lower Link Controller IP, Software Protocol Stack, and a Optional Audio Codec.
    BlueStream  is one of the industry's most comprehensive Bluetooth IP offerings containing all the requisite technology for OEMs and semiconductor companies to rapidly integrate Bluetooth into their product offerings. The platform encompasses a digital baseband (offered both in Baseband IP and full system-on-a-chip) and finally complete software stacks for baseband and host interface. 

RTX Telecom
Company website
RTX Telecom has developed a complete and quite exceptionally flexible Bluetooth platform. It consists of a Baseband Core, Host Controller Firmware and Protocol Stack. This Bluetooth platform enables the design of a number of ICs, modules and turnkey products. RTX Telecom offers the Bluetooth platform or the complete platform to licensees.  For more information you can e-mail RTX - please tell them you saw it on The Wireless Directory (Bluetoothweb).

Company Website

SIDSA (Semiconductor Design Solutions), founded in 1992, offers ASIC design services 

SIDSA offer ASIC design for Bluetooth, including an evaluation board, using silicon IP provided by Newlogic.

Silicon & Software Systems (S3) 
Company Website

Silicon & Software Systems is a provider of Electronic Design Services. Established in 1986, the company has knowledge in the areas of IC, Software and Hardware Design experience in house. In the Bluetooth arena, S3 has already delivered solutions in respect of RFCMOS, Baseband IC (ASSP), LM & LC Protocol Stack and SoC developments. The company also has experience in a number of relating technologies to Bluetooth including: GSM, GPRS, EDGE, W-CDMA, 802.11x, DECT, USB, and VoIP.

Silicon Wave
Company website
Based in San Diego, Silicon Wave designs and produces RF communication system components including baseband, radio modem and software solutions for Bluetooth wireless communications. Founded in 1997, the company claims to have been the first to deliver a fully qualified, single-chip radio modem for Bluetooth communications and first to achieve Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1 qualification for its products. Silicon Wave is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

Odyssey Baseband Silicon IP
The Odyssey Baseband SIP is available as silicon proven easy to sythesize VHDL, and is offered with an interface configurable to a variety of processor bus types. The VHDL is fully documented and comes with a complete suite of test benches, syntheses scripts and test vectors for ease of integration.
Product Summary

Tality Corporation (formerly Symbionics and a subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems)
Company Website

Tality is a leader in Bluetooth system, chip, and intellectual property design, having undertaken the design of Ericsson's Development Kit and having undertaken over 25 Bluetooth system and chip designs.

Tality undertakes fast-turn Bluetooth baseband system-on-chip (SoC) design using licensable intellectual property (IP) and a proven customer-owned tooling (COT) flow to multiple silicon foundries. The licensable Bluetooth IP encompasses:
* FPGA-based SoC development platform
* SoC integration platform
* Recently-qualified baseband controller core licensed by over 15 customers
* Lower protocol stack licensed by over 15 customers
* Silicon-proven RF transceiver architecture

TTPCom Ltd
Company Website
TTPCom has experience with providing Intellectual Property (IP) and are able to provide a complete technology transfer package form Bluetooth, including training, support and turn-key design services. All their products are warranted to the Bluetooth 1.1 specification.

BQ1.1 Bluetooth Baseband controller core in VHDL (IEEE Standard 1076-1993) and Link Controller (LC), Link Manager (LM), and Host Controller Interface (HCI) software in ANSI C. It is library independent and is supplied with reference synthesis scripts and test benches. It is a complete system solution and is designed for test methodology.

Wipro Technologies 
Company Website
Wipro Technologies is the global technology services division of Wipro Limited. Wipro’s portfolio of IP cores and software are built against well-defined design and verification methodology and have been licensed to multiple customers who have integrated it into their final product.

Bluewave Hardware Baseband Controller Core provides a configurable interface to a standard Bluetooth radio module. It interfaces to a CVSD/ PCM voice CODEC as well as to an ARM7TDMI processor via the Advanced System Bus (ASB). The Core is available in synthesizable Verilog RTL. The foundry independent design can be targeted to any library and technology for integration into ASICs.

Bluewave Software Baseband Controller is a C source code implementation of the Bluetooth baseband functionality. Certain portions of the design are implemented as hardware accelerators. These include the encryption block, correlation logic and interface to the radio module that are implemented in synthesizable Verilog. The radio module interface supports different third party radio chipsets. The software baseband solution is available as a firmware implementation on the ARM7.  

Xilinx Inc.
Company Website

Xilinx provides programmable silicon solutions, FPGA devices.

In the Bluetooth arena, Xilinx can offer Bluetooth implementations to allow bridging of Bluetooth into legacy systems, as well as flexible approaches to the implementation of new innovative products.


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