Dialog Outsources Bluetooth Smart to Startup

05 May 2014

Dialog Semiconductor plc, a vendor of mixed-signal power and connectivity chips for mobile applications, has licensed a Bluetooth Smart 4.1 baseband controller circuit, software protocol stack and profiles from 2010 startup RivieraWaves SAS (Sophia Antipolis, France).

In effect Dialog has outsourced the development of its Bluetooth Smart IC to the French company. Bluetooth specification Version 4.1 was officially announced in December 2013.

RivieraWaves was founded by a group of engineers with experience in wireless IP and they have developed connectivity IP portfolio composed of comprehensive Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions. These solutions include hardware, software and analog/RF cores complemented by design services for customization and SoC integration.

"RivieraWaves' best-in-class IP and professional engineering support helped us to provide the most power efficient Bluetooth Smart IC on the market. We are happy with our close collaboration and look forward to connecting billions of Bluetooth Smart devices to the Internet of Things as this exciting market evolves," said Sean McGrath, general manager of the connectivity, automotive and industrial business group at Dialog, in a statement.

The RivieraWaves’ Bluetooth Smart IP portfolio is composed of a baseband controller, protocol stack & profiles and silicon-proven radio. The platform supports the development of an SoC that operates at below 1V and consumes a few microamps "on-average."

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