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WiQuest Intros Combo Wireless USB + Bluetooth Reference Design Kit

WiQuest Communications has announced availability of its eighth reference design kit that integrates both Wireless USB and Bluetooth radio technologies into a single combo module. The new Wireless USB + Bluetooth mini card design gives OEMs the ability to quickly deploy Wireless USB technology while also supporting simultaneous connectivity to Bluetooth 2.1 devices, all within a single, highly integrated wireless module.

WiQuest's new reference design allows OEM designers to easily embed Wireless USB and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR utilizing the PCI Express mini card form factor. Since this combo card has already achieved FCC modular certification, new products incorporating this radio and antenna combination may leverage this certification. Customers directly benefit with lower product development costs and faster time-to-market.

The Wireless USB + Bluetooth mini card reference design is based on WiQuest's advanced ultrawideband technology, the most widely used Wireless USB solution available today. WiQuest solutions have been chosen by leading PC and PC peripheral manufacturers including Belkin, Dell, D-Link, Lenovo, Toshiba and others.

In addition to the Wireless USB + Bluetooth combo card, WiQuest's product line consists of five additional reference design kits based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB Implementers Forum. The Wireless USB host and device Mini Cards, Half Mini Card, 4-port Hub and Adapter Reference Design Kits are shipping today. WiQuest reference designs for wireless digital video include the Wireless Docking Station and Mini Card with WiDV. All of these reference design kits enable equipment manufacturers to build complete solutions from pairs of robust reference platforms. Wireless USB technology offers advantages that neither Bluetooth nor Wi-Fi optimally provides. Bluetooth is commonly used for wireless headsets, mice and peripheral devices. By contrast, Wireless USB offers unparalleled file transfer speeds and multimedia features while being 10 times more power efficient than Wi-Fi.



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