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NXP's 5210 solution delivers concurrent Bluetooth and WLAN connectivity
Posted: 05-Feb-2007 [Source: NXP]

[NXP Nexperia 5210 solution allows UMA-enabled devices to be used over fixed-line broadband and cellular networks simultaneously using a Bluetooth headset.]

Eindhoven, Netherlands -- NXP Semiconductors, formerly Philips Semiconductors, today announced an enhanced system solution enabling mobile users to simultaneously take advantage of handsets' Bluetooth and Wireless LAN (WLAN) capabilities. The NXP Nexperia cellular system solution 5210, incorporating an unlicensed mobile access (UMA) software stack from Kineto Wireless, allows devices to be used at home over fixed-line broadband networks and while on the go via a cellular network. The simultaneous usage of Bluetooth and WLAN enables these calls to be made using a Bluetooth headset.

To overcome the challenges of operating WLAN and Bluetooth in the same frequency band and physical co-location without degrading data throughput or voice/audio quality, NXP has integrated a complex set of coexistence algorithms into the 5210's baseband, its low-power BGW211 WLAN and Bluetooth solutions. This enables both connectivity functions to operate simultaneously without interference while delivering a compelling end-user experience. Additional algorithms have been added specifically for voice applications, ensuring crystal clear communications when using a Bluetooth headset.

Incorporating NXP's industry-proven UMA technology with a Kineto Wireless software stack, the flexible solution requires no additional setup by the consumer. UMA-enabled devices switch seamlessly between cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, automatically detecting the fastest and most cost-effective network -- reducing phone bills and increasing network coverage. UMA is particularly attractive to business users, with Wi-Fi use in offices, airports and hotels growing exponentially, offering substantial savings in mobile bills.

As a highly integrated and small form factor cellular system solution, the 5210 can be easily designed into new devices, ensuring minimal development costs and accelerating time to market. Combining a powerful single core with NXP's BGB210S for advanced Bluetooth 2.0 EDR and NXP's 802.11g WLAN (BGW211) with industry leading low-power performance, NXP's latest system solution delivers an effective and intuitive multimedia experience on mobile devices.

Availability

Handsets based on NXP cellular system solution 5210 are already on the market. The UMA/Bluetooth enhanced platform will be available in the first half of 2007. A demo will be available at the NXP booth at 3GSM.

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