San Jose, USA, Bluetooth Developers Conference - December 11th, 2002, NewLogic, a leading supplier of intellectual property (IP)cores for wireless systems, today announced that support for Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) can be provided in NewLogic's BOOSTT Bluetooth solution.
A rapidly increasing number of devices such as Bluetooth and 802.11b communicate using the 2.4GHz ISM band. It will therefore become increasingly important to ensure that devices using the ISM band are able to maintain a high quality of service in the presence of other devices using the same band.
Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) is a technique currently in the process of being specified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as a means of helping to ensure Bluetooth devices provide a high quality of service and that other products using the same band, in particular 802.11b systems, maintain reliable communications.
Products using AFH scan each channel of the ISM band for activity and using this information, identify which sub-set of channels in the ISM band are available for communication. This sub-set of channels is then used for communication and so avoids the channels being used by other products to ensure that a high quality of service is maintained.
"We are very pleased that we are the first company to provide AFH capability in a Bluetooth IP baseband design," said Hans-Peter Metzler, President and CEO of NewLogic.
The AFH option comprises hardware changes and additional "lower layer" software. When the Bluetooth SIG finalizes the AFH specification, the software part of the option can be modified in line with the final specification and ensure compliance for Bluetooth Qualification.
About NewLogic's BOOSTT
NewLogic's BOOST IP family includes a Bluetooth baseband processor, a full Bluetooth software protocol stack and a Bluetooth CMOS radio. These IP elements, when combined with a suitable microcontroller core, permit the implementation of a single chip Bluetooth solution using industry standard CMOS process technologies.
About NewLogic Technologies
NewLogic Technologies, headquartered in Lustenau, Austria, is a leading global supplier of Bluetooth and 802.11 Wireless LAN intellectual property cores as well as IC design services. In addition NewLogic offers IP integration services to help its customers achieve their aggressive time to market goals.
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