Access Points and Handsets Integrating Bluetooth Wireless Technology Available by Q2 2003
SAN DIEGO, CA, November 19, 2002 -- Silicon Wave, Inc., a leading supplier of integrated circuits for Wireless Personal Area Networks, today announced that Tenovis, a leading provider of professional communication solutions in Europe, will be using Silicon Wave's Bluetooth radio modem and baseband processor with integrated protocol software stack for its telephony handsets and access points. The Tenovis products are part of a unique wireless infrastructure that will deliver data and high-quality voice services to user and features fast hand-off between access points allowing users to roam freely throughout the area served by the infrastructure. The world's first professional Bluetooth cordless telephone in a superior cellphone design targets the office environment, as well as heavy industrial usage. The products will be available early next year directly from Tenovis.
"In a business environment it is mission-critical that telephony equipment delivers high-quality, reliable operation," said Stefan Mäntele, Head of Wireless Competence Center, of Tenovis. "We thoroughly evaluated all the potential suppliers of Bluetooth components, and chose Silicon Wave based on their product's superior system performance and flexible architecture which allows us to deliver the roaming features we require."
The Silicon Wave radio modem is a fully integrated, direct-conversion IC designed for low system cost, ultra-low power consumption and superior RF performance over an extended temperature range. The unique 32-bit ARM-based baseband processor interfaces directly with the radio modem and delivers low power and maximum data throughput. Both products are Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1 qualified and in full volume production.
"Tenovis is taking a leadership position in integrating Bluetooth wireless technology into business telephony products" said Eddie Hanly, Director of Sales and Applications in Europe for Silicon Wave. "We applaud them for their vision and look forward to the successful introduction of their products in the near future."
Tenovis has some 6,000 employees servicing the needs of its 200,000 customers in 82 Client Centers throughout Europe. The service provider offers intelligent and efficient business communication solutions focusing on the convergence of telecommunications and the Internet. The product spectrum ranges from telephone systems, solutions for Internet telephony and terminals to telehousing, multimedia services, business contact centers, outsourcing concepts and industry-specific solutions. In the year 2001 Tenovis generated revenue of approximately one billion euros. Tenovis is owned by the American Private Equity firm KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.).
Visit Tenovis at http://www.tenovis.com.
About Silicon Wave
Based in San Diego, Silicon Wave is a leading provider of low-power, highly integrated RF communication system components for the global BluetoothTM wireless market. Silicon Wave products and services include radio modems, baseband processors, software solutions and a baseband IP licensing program. 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 Specification 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 http://www.SiliconWave.com.