ON Semiconductor Offers Integrated Technology for Bluetooth Wireless Communications Friday 29 June 2001 PDF Print Company joins Bluetooth 1.2 SIG as an early adopter ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that it has joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as an Early Adopter of Version 1.2, confirming its strategic direction to support the Bluetooth technology with its Power Management Unit (PMU) technology and monolithic building blocks. Because of its expanded support of the wireless standard, ON Semiconductor received a Bluetooth license covering royalty-free intellectual-property and patent rights and obtained rights to use the Bluetooth trademark for marketing purposes. ON Semiconductor made its official entrance in the Bluetooth market during the 2001 Bluetooth Congress in Monte Carlo, Monaco June 5 to 8. The Bluetooth standard is a computing and telecommunications industry specification that describes how mobile phones, computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and virtually every electronic device can easily intercommunicate using short-range wireless connections. The original Bluetooth promoters are 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba. ON Semiconductor joined the 1,900-member Early Adopter SIG, established to promote the Bluetooth standard. According to IMS' "Global Opportunities for Bluetooth in Key Applications" (Note 1) report, shipments of equipment enabled by Bluetooth are expected to increase to over 1 billion units by the year 2005, with the bulk of the devices serving the mobile communications market.* "ON Semiconductor addresses those companies designing Bluetooth modules and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) integrating Bluetooth functionality into consumer or professional communications devices," said Jaime Baringo, ON Semiconductor product manager. "In addition to our broad portfolio of monolithic semiconductor building blocks, our integrated PMUs feature significant space savings, reduced cost and reduced power consumption." About ON Semiconductor's PMUs A typical Bluetooth application has distinct functional elements such as a Radio Frequency (RF) transceiver and Power Amplifier (PA) stage, baseband subsystem (memory, DSP and audio) and Lithium (Li)-Ion or Li-polymer or battery circuitry. Integrated Circuits (ICs) provide most of these functions at the semiconductor level within a module. Alternatively, a system building block approach enables flexibility to migrate existing platforms to new applications such as moving system building blocks from a wireless mobile phone to an audio headset or PC card. The use of Li-Ion or Li-Polymer batteries introduces the challenge of using circuitry that handles both the battery charge at any given moment and the battery's charge and de-charge cycles. The baseband subsystem requires the circuit to manage the power requirements for the Digital Signal Processor (DSP), memory and audio systems in active and sleep modes. These subsystems require the additional functionality of resetting signals and monitoring the battery's status. To increase overall system efficiency, engineers insert a DC-to-DC converter between the battery and the voltage regulator and look for innovative ways to apply very low-noise supply voltage to the RF transceiver and PA stage. ON Semiconductor's PMU technology enables engineers to address the power-management requirements of a typical Bluetooth system design. The company's PMU approach offers significant space savings through the monolithic integration of the system's functions; reduced cost due to the single-package approach; and the reduced need for external passive components. A typical product based on PMU technology features a Low-Dropout (LDO) regulator, reset circuitry, DC/DC conversion, battery management and control logic. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com/bluetooth. About ON Semiconductor ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is a global supplier of high-performance broadband and power management integrated circuits and standard semiconductors used in numerous advanced devices ranging from high-speed fiber optic networking equipment to the precise power management functions in today's advanced portable electronics. For more information visit ON Semiconductor's Web site at http://www.onsemi.com. * Intex Management Services, "Global Opportunities for Bluetooth in Key Applications", April 2000 Contact: Geert DeVuyst Communications ON Semiconductor 33 5 34 61 13 90 firstname.lastname@example.org Or Jonathan Batty/Joanna Lane Brodeur Worldwide (On behalf of ON Semiconductor) (44) (0)1753-790-700 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org ______________________________________________________________________ Click on the link below to see this news release as it appears on the Brodeur News Room website and obtain full contact details. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/release.asp?rid=1605&cid=... ______________________________________________________________________ Click the link below to login and update your company and subject preferences, or personal details. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/login.asp ______________________________________________________________________ Click on the link below to have your login details re-sent to you. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/forgot.asp ______________________________________________________________________ This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.