Mentor Graphics and NewLogic, a supplier of Bluetooth design solutions, have signed a marketing agreement that allows system-on-chip (SoC)designers to license Bluetooth silicon intellectual property (IP) from the Mentor Graphics(r) Inventra Intellectual Property division.
The cores are available as part of a Bluetooth Platform from Mentor that features CPU bus wrappers and interface bridges for the Bluetooth core to other IP cores such as USB 2.0 and Ethernet.
The NewLogic Bluetooth BOOST IP family includes a Baseband processor and a full Bluetooth software protocol stack. These IP elements, when combined with a suitable microcontroller core, permit the implementation of a single-chip Bluetooth solution using standard CMOS process technologies.
The Bluetooth standard ensures wireless connectivity between different Bluetooth-compliant devices over a personal area network on the 2.4GHz radio frequency at a range of ten meters.
Bluetooth is capable of data transmission up to a maximum capacity of 720kbits/s per channel.Maha Osman, chief operating officer, NewLogic, said, “Mentor Graphics has a reputation for high-quality IP cores and strong SoC support services to ensure that licensees can easily integrate a Bluetooth solution in a time-sensitive application.”
To further enable rapid integration of the Bluetooth cores into a SoC design Mentor Graphics provides CPU bus wrappers and interface bridges required for the Bluetooth cores that interconnect with other communications IP such as I2C, UART, USB2.0, PCMCIA, and Ethernet, which are also part of the Inventra IP portfolio.
Dr. Susheel Chandra, general manager of the Inventra Intellectual Property division at Mentor Graphics, said, “From USB 2.0 to Ethernet, and now to Bluetooth, we continue to offer a portfolio of silicon IP that is pre-tested for reliability, easy integration and high standards of quality.”
Published in Embedded Systems (Europe) February 2002