As Bluetooth becomes more commoditized, IC vendors are looking for ways to differentiate themselves. One way to do that is to add some new functionality, as is the case with Broacom's BCM2048, which adds an FM radio tuner. Hence, handsets and other digital media players that already offer Bluetooth can now get FM radio with significant power, size, and cost savings versus other solutions.
Based on the company's proven Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) Bluetooth technology, the BCM2048 supports all the key features of Version 2.0 of the Bluetooth spec, with ability to support the forthcoming Version 2.1.
The BCM20248 includes all the FM features one would look for on an advanced FM radio product, such as high receiver sensitivity, station information enhancements through intelligent Radio Data Service (RDS) and Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) processing, and station search functions.
The BCM2048 Bluetooth/FM combo chip is available and sampling to early access partners. More information is available at www.broadcom.com.