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CSR Shoves Multiple Radio Function Into One Bluetooth Chip

Wireless Component Manfuacturer CSR has introduced the Bluecore 7, the world’s first device that integrates including the low-energy and standard Bluetooth version, FM radio and Enhanced GPS (E-GPS).

The support for Enhanced GPS is probably the most important addition for which the cost claimed by the company is a mere $1 (above the Bluecore's cost).

This came as a good news for all network operators willing to introduce location based services (LBS) enabling the addition of GPS capability into the mid-tier handsets.

E-GPS is perceived to be better than A-GPS or Assisted GPS owing to its taking advantage of data link as well as cellular triangulation.

This enables the working of LBS inside a building owing to the storing of your position.

The provision for FM support is enabled through a high +4.5 dBm power which is provided by CSR for making it possible for the designers to install inside the casing, an internal FM antenna.

Bluecore 7 silicon is already available and the first batch of products using it is expected appear in the first quarter of 2009.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.