Silicon Wave Providing Bluetooth Development Tools to Leading Customers

Microsoft Using Systems from Silicon Wave to Develop Software Support for Bluetooth Wireless Technology

    Silicon Wave Inc. announces today that it has provided Microsoft Corp. with hardware necessary to develop software to enable Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology support.

    Microsoft is currently using Silicon Wave's Wireless Development Systems (WDS) to develop software support for Bluetooth wireless technology in various Microsoft(R) Windows(R) platforms.

    "Since becoming a Bluetooth SIG promoter, Microsoft has been aggressive about delivering Bluetooth wireless technology solutions to its Windows application developers," said Mike Wehrs, group planning manager for the mobile devices division at Microsoft. "Silicon Wave was first to market with reliable silicon that has enabled us to begin development immediately."

    Based on Silicon Wave's SiW015(TM) Radio Modem IC and SiW016(TM) Controller IC, Silicon Wave's development systems provide the physical layer for Bluetooth wireless technology, as well as the microprocessor functions below the Host Controller Interface (HCI). In this development effort, software from Microsoft will interface directly with Silicon Wave's baseband controller protocol stack through the HCI layer.

    "Interoperability and applications: these are two very critical steps to Bluetooth's entry into the consumer market," added Dave Lyon, Silicon Wave's chairman and chief executive officer. "We're excited that Microsoft has chosen our platform for software development, and are confident that they can deliver on both these steps."

    Both companies are supporting interoperability between hardware and software providers to ensure complete end-to-end solutions for the Bluetooth wireless technology.

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