Wipro-NewLogic, the semiconductor IP (intellectual property) business unit of Wipro Technologies, has released the new version of Bluetooth and software stack that will help in several applications, including transfer of large files.
According to a statement from the IT bellwether here on Monday, the next generation Bluetooth 2.0 version will also enable high-definition audio streaming and increase the battery life of Bluetooth headsets.
The Austria-based NewLogic, acquired by Wipro for $56 million (Rs 2.4 billion) in December 2005, is a one-stop shop provider of wireless solutions, enabling WiFi + Bluetooth combos, Bluetooth over ultra wide band (3.0 version) and Bluetooth over wireless LAN (local area network) solutions.
Bluetooth is a technical industry standard that facilitates communication between wireless devices such as mobile phones, PDAs (personal digital assistants), handheld computers and wireless enabled laptop or desktop computers and peripherals.
A single Bluetooth-enabled wireless device is capable of making phone calls, synchronising data with desktop computers, sending and receiving faxes, and printing documents.
"The low-power and flexible Bluetooth 2.0 architecture is upgradeable to the next version (2.1) by software. The product offers customers a range of system configurations and can be integrated into any application, host or base band chips, in the mobile, automotive and consumer markets," product marketing manager Franz Dugand said.
Prior to becoming Wipro's overseas subsidiary, NewLogic licensed the product's earlier version (1.2) to customers worldwide. As a pioneer in Bluetooth development since 2000, the company provides design engineers the flexibility to use it with 16-bit or 32-bit processor.
"Bluetooth 2.0 offers three times higher transfer rates (2.1 Mbps) than the 1.2 version with 721 Kbps. The new solution facilitates faster synchronization and quicker movement of large voice/data files.
"It's alternative modulation enables the radio operating in EDR mode to consume only one-third of the power utilized in the previous solution and enhance battery life for wider applications, including stereo audio streaming from a portable multimedia device to a home or car stereo system," Dugand noted.