Ericsson and QUALCOMM develop Bluetooth CDMA solutions

QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies and Ericsson Microelectronics today announced an agreement to jointly develop and market the world's first wireless technology solution, supporting both the Bluetooth standard and the CDMA digital wireless standard, for the mobile handset and mobile device manufacturing companies.

Under this agreement, Ericsson Microelectronics will develop a Bluetooth-compatible radio unit and QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies will develop the Bluetooth digital baseband processing to be integrated into its future Mobile Station Modem (MSM ) chipset and software solutions. The companies will work together to optimize the RF and digital designs for operation within a CDMA handset environment to create the most complete and high-performance solution available for CDMA based wireless data applications.

Ericsson Microelectronics and QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies will jointly promote the integrated solution to handset and mobile device manufacturing companies

"The true promise of wireless technology lies in its ability to expand the potential of personal appliances. This has been the driving force behind Ericsson's work in pioneering the Bluetooth technology," said Bo Andersson, vice president and general manager of Ericsson Microelectronics. "QUALCOMM's expertise in providing tightly integrated 

CDMA technology solutions makes them a perfect partner to realize the full promise of Bluetooth for existing and future wireless markets."

"Ericsson Microelectronics' expertise and leadership in providing component solutions for Bluetooth applications, combined with our proven experience in developing CDMA chipset and software solutions, allow us to rapidly enable our customers to create new products combining these technologies," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management, QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "Together, we will drive to expand the number of applications possible by tightly integrating Bluetooth with CDMA technology."

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