Broadcom Corporation has announced a new device that integrates a complete Bluetooth radio and baseband along with a high-performance FM stereo radio receiver into a single chip.
Makers of multimedia cell phones and digital media players enabled with Bluetooth can now add FM radio functionality to their products with some significant power, size and cost savings, offering a complete stereo audio experience to their customers.
According to Broadcom, FM radio is one of the multimedia features currently gaining momentum with manufacturers and carriers with market researcher iSuppli projecting that 332 million handsets will include FM radio by 2009. The Broadcom BCM2048 solution enables manufacturers to easily add FM radio and Bluetooth wireless stereo capabilities with a single-chip, providing a cost savings of up to 40% and requiring only about 1/3 the board space of existing solutions based on discrete components.
Based on Broadcom's BCM2045 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) Bluetooth chip, the BCM2048 supports all of the key features of Version 2.0 of the Bluetooth specification, with capability to support the forthcoming Version 2.1 as well.
The BCM20248 includes all the FM features product designers would look for in an advanced FM radio product, including high receiver sensitivity, station information enhancements through intelligent Radio Data Service (RDS) and Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) processing, and superior tuning and station search functions.
The integration of both Bluetooth and FM radio technologies in a single chip provides the smallest footprint in the industry for these combined functions, requiring significantly less board area. In addition to reduced board space, the BCM2048 also provides combined Bluetooth/FM functionality at lower power consumption rates than implementations that utilize discrete components.
Currently the BCM2048 Bluetooth/FM combo chip is available and sampling to early access partners.