San Diego, CALIF. -May 29, 2001 - and Tokyo, Japan -May 30, 2001
-Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) and Silicon Wave, Inc. ,a leading designer
and provider of RF communication system components, today announced
that they will join forces on the development of system-on-chip products
using Silicon Wave's high-performance Bluetooth 1.1 qualified Baseband
As part of the agreement, Hitachi has licensed Silicon Wave's Baseband
IP and will integrate it into their H8S microcontroller. The resulting
single chip baseband processor will feature on chip flash or ROM and
together with Silicon Wave's industry leading SiW1502TM
Radio Modem IC can achieve a micro size module of less than 15mm x
20mm. Coupling Hitachi's H8S microcontroller as the baseband controller
with Silicon Wave's Radio Modem provides complete Bluetooth wireless
solutions to end product and module manufactures.
Bluetooth wireless technology is rapidly becoming the de facto standard
for wireless communication between a range of electronic devices such
as mobile phones, laptops, PCs, printers and handheld devices. By
eliminating the need for cables between inter-connecting devices,
individuals can share voice and data using fast and secure local wireless
connections. By 2005, Cahners In-Stat forecasts that Bluetooth wireless
technology will be used in almost one billion devices, ranging from
mobile phones and desktop computers to digital cameras and automobiles.
This agreement with Silicon Wave allows Hitachi to offer a complete
two-chip Bluetooth solution when paired with Silicon Wave's Radio
Modem, said Kazuo Minorikawa, Senior Group Executive, Microcomputer
Division, Semiconductor & Integrated Circuits of Hitachi. The
combination of Hitachi's H8S series microcontroller with Silicon Wave's
Baseband IP builds value on our existing relationship by enabling
high data throughput and low power wireless solutions. Our goal is
to provide our customers with market-leading, high-performing, cost-effective
solutions and through the integration of Silicon Wave's Bluetooth
specification 1.1 qualified rich feature set, we are able to deliver
on these expectations.
Silicon Wave was the industry's first and today remains the
only provider of Bluetooth specification 1.1 compliant radio modem
and baseband solutions currently in volume production, said
David Lyon, Chairman & CEO of Silicon Wave. We are excited
that a market leader such as Hitachi has selected our Odyssey Baseband
IP licensing program.
Silicon Wave's Odyssey Baseband IP is a full-featured Bluetooth specification
1.1 compliant product with support for point-to-point, piconet, master/slave
switch, flow control, low power modes, and all SCO and ACL data packet
types. The Odyssey Software is licensed as portable C-source and operates
with a small code footprint requiring only 12Kbytes RAM, 128Kbytes
ROM, and less than 5 MIPS load on the host. The Odyssey Baseband IP
is 100% digital, and is available as silicon-proven easy-to-synthesize
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's
leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 2000 (ended March
31, 2001) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($67.9 billion*)
The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including
computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial
equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's
Web site at http://global.hitachi.com
* At an exchange rate of 124 yen to the dollar.
About Silicon Wave, Inc.
Based in San Diego, Silicon Wave designs and produces RF communication
system components that consistently deliver superior user experience.
Silicon Wave products include baseband, radio modem and software solutions
for Bluetooth wireless communications and a complete line of silicon
tuners for cable modems and digital set-top boxes. Founded in 1997,
the company was the first to deliver a fully qualified, single-chip
radio modem for Bluetooth communications and first to achieve Bluetooth
version 1.1 qualification for its products. Silicon Wave is an Associate
Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The company's Web
site is located at www.siliconwave.com.
The diamond logo design is a trademark and Silicon
Wave, the SiW product name prefix, and Odyssey are trademarks of Silicon
Wave Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and
licensed to Silicon Wave. All other product, service and company names
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