Infineon's BlueMoon-Single-Chip to Achieve Bluetooth Qualification: Lowest cost and fastest time-to-market through "Fast Track Qualification"

Apr 29, 2002 | Market News

Munich, Germany, April 29, 2002 - Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced that the BlueMoon™ Single chip achieved full compliance with Bluetooth specification 1.1. The device has been listed as a qualified component including radio frequency, baseband and protocol software tests by 7 layers AG, Germany. All tests have been carried out over the temperature range of -50°C to +105°C, proving the outstanding performance of this device.

BlueMoon Single is a pure CMOS Bluetooth single chip system solution including baseband controller, integrated ROM memory and RF transceiver providing an excellent performance of -85dBm sensitivity over the full temperature range with lowest bill of material and minimal board space requirements due to it's high level of integration.

The combination of lowest cost and highest performance together with sophisticated power management features makes this IC ideally suited for battery driven, handheld devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras.

"The qualification and corresponding listing of our cost breaking BlueMoon Single represents a major milestone in our Bluetooth developments" explained Hubert Christl, vice president and general manager, Local Area Wireless at Infineon Technologies. " It shortens time to market and expenses of our customers especially when participating in 7 layers’ Fast Track Qualification program."

"The Infineon BlueMoon Single is the first completely integrated single chip Bluetooth solution passing the complete Bluetooth compliance tests for RF as well as protocol tests according to the Bluetooth specification 1.1 which took part into our "Fast track Qualification" program stated Carsten Kuhfuss, Bluetooth Manager at 7 layers AG. "Infineon’s customers can reduce test time and cost when conducting their tests in any of 7 layers world wide partnered InterLab® test facilities."

Availability and Pricing

BlueMoon Single is offered at a price below 5 US$ in high volume quantities. Samples are available now, volume production is planned for summer 2002.

About BlueMoon Single

BlueMoon™ Single is the world's highest integrated semiconductor solution for the Blue-tooth short-range wireless technology. This solution combines baseband DSP, radio functionality, memory and software, all integrated into one single-chip and is aimed at applications requiring Bluetooth functionality in small form factor such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants.

BlueMoon™ Single complements Infineon's BlueMoon™ family and targets applications where size is of highest priority. The BlueMoon™ family now is the broadest semiconductor solutions offering worldwide and comprises solutions optimized for each of the main application segments. BlueMoon™ Single combines Infineon's expertise in radio circuit design with state-of-the-art CMOS technology. The advanced architecture is based on the already proven and Bluetooth V1.1 qualified baseband technology and software from the BlueMoon™ I chipset together with a new high performance radio part realised in CMOS technology. Special measures have been taken to assure highest performance over tem-perature and minimize spurious emissions of the RF part. The BlueMoon™ Single features integrated ROM-based memory and offers an external Flash-interface for rapid prototyping and pre-production. The Bluetooth V1.1 qualified Link Manager and HCI (Host Controller Inter-face) is supplied with the IC as firmware. The BlueMoon™ Single integrates a 920 kBaud UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter) for data as well as a dedicated PCM interface for voice.

About the Fast Track Qualification program

Based on long-term experience with testing and qualifying wireless systems, 7 layers has developed the highly efficient InterLab® system. It makes excellent use of qualified reference designs and components, so that Bluetooth qualification for end-user product manufacturers becomes more efficient.

The InterLab® system for professional testing safeguards that all information about the reference designs - necessary for fast track qualification – can be distributed easily to a connected InterLab® laboratory of the manufacturers choice and that all InterLab® laboratories work to the same high standard, so that test results of qualified components, like the BlueMoon-Single,.can be integrated into test projects for end-user products.

The global InterLab® network for Bluetooth products consists today of 12 associated test facilities worldwide in Europe, USA, Japan and China.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2001 (ending Septem-ber), the company achieved sales of Euro 5.67 billion with about 33,800 employees world-wide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at

About 7 Layers

7 layers is an engineering company for the wireless communications industry with broad expertise in development, testing and qualification for Bluetooth™, GSM, GPRS, UMTS and other wireless technologies. 7 layers has service centers and laboratories in Germany, UK, USA and China. The services include: Technology services like development of specifications and test cases; Test services in the early phases of new technologies; InterLab® services, including delivery and set up of test equipment, connection of laboratories to InterLab®, continuous InterLab® services for professional and cost effective test procedures; Test services in the 7 layers InterLab® laboratories; Reference design testing; BQTF, BQB and type approval handling services for global market access; Information at:

*Bluetooth is a trademark owned by its proprietor and used by Infineon Technologies under license.

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