Posted by Navraj Nandra on July 16, 2015
Bluetooth has become the standard wireless interface for mobile devices like wearables, health monitors; it is also implemented in smart home and industrial applications. The requirement is to integrate the radio on your chip and because it’s a standard, you can think of it as IP. Wireless IP.
Some months ago, I was given the task finding and adding this technology to our DesignWare IP portfolio – adding a wireless interface to our broad portfolio of wired interfaces like USB. Today we announced the availability of silicon-proven Bluetooth Smart radio IP that implements the Bluetooth 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 low energy standards. This is sub one-volt design!
Bluetooth has been around for more than 20 years. The recent breakthroughs included version 4.0, also known as Bluetooth Smart that enabled the technology to be powered from a coin battery cell. In December 2014, version 4.2 went all out to support IoT.
So what are we planning to do with this technology?
Well, the block diagram below, hopefully gives you a glimpse of where we are going with this technology.
Like the Dane king Harald Blåtand (English translation Bluetooth) that united Denmark, Synopsys is uniting a number of IP’s with the ARC processor and Security to deliver on the IoT roadmap.
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This blog discusses all things related to mixed-signal PHY IP such as the latest trends, design challenges and anything that may be controversial.I built my first crystal radio at about the age of ten (had help with the soldering iron) and have been dabbling in the analog electronics field ever since. The "James Brown of Analog": I do like James Brown and have I been working in the electronics industry for many years. I’m also a big fan of Reggae and Ska and spent my youth listening to John Peel on Radio 1. Ken Boothe is the greatest singer. Running is a passion. Squaw Valley is the best place to ski. Ever!
- Navraj Nandra