MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW), L.S. Research, Inc., and IAR Systems Software, Inc. today announced an agreement to market a newly developed reference design in North America, based upon Broadcom's world's smallest Bluetooth(TM) single chip solution. The agreement will offer customers a complete Bluetooth reference platform which includes wireless product development and compliance testing services provided by LS Research, a complete Bluetooth software solution from IAR, including an embedded protocol stack, profiles, and qualifications scripts; contract manufacturing services will also be available. This agreement facilitates a comprehensive approach to support the diverse customer base interested in utilizing the Broadcom Bluetooth BCM2035 transceiver. Six distinct support levels, including hardware design, software support, compliance, interoperability testing, and OEM module support, are offered to enable customers to select the appropriate level for their requirements. The program addresses both customers that are relatively new to wireless design and those that are well versed in wireless technologies. "By working together with these world class companies, we are able to bring the Industry the leading silicon provider, Broadcom, to the broad base OEM," said Jim Caraccio, Manager of Arrow Consulting Engineering Services. "Most silicon providers are challenged to support as many OEMs a possible. This alliance opens the door by providing a cost effective channel for moderate volume OEMs to design with Broadcom devices." L.S. Research is an appointed Bluetooth design house for Broadcom, and Arrow Electronics in North America. "This program is well-suited for a wide range of customers as it leverages proven hardware designs and software protocols, therefore minimizing NRE costs which is often a barrier in Bluetooth product development," said Bill Steinike, President, L.S. Research. The embedded Bluetooth protocol stack from IAR Systems is one of the most compact in the world, and reduces manufacturing costs due to reduced consumption of ROM and RAM resources. IAR Systems also provide C cross compilers for over 30 MCU, including the ARM Architecture, debug tools, and Bluetooth interoperability test scripts. "The Bluetooth alliance with LSR and Arrow Electronics underscores IAR Systems' position as the leading supplier of development tools for Bluetooth products", said Nadim Shehayed, IAR Systems Software, Inc. President. "We are very enthusiastic about this program as an effective means for customers of every size to get to market with the Broadcom products based upon Blutonium technology," said Scott Bibaud, Director of Marketing for Bluetooth at Broadcom. About Arrow Arrow Electronics is one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and computer products and a leading provider of services to the electronics industry. Headquartered in Melville, New York, Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 600 suppliers and 150,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and value-added resellers through 193 sales facilities and 21 distribution centers in 40 countries and territories. Detailed information about Arrow's operations can be found at www.arrow.com. About LSR L.S. Research has been a leader in RF and wireless design services since 1980. With a core competency of wireless product development, L.S. Research offers a broad range of engineering services including RF design, antenna design, software design, PCB layout, prototyping, product verification, and EMC testing. L.S. Research is supported by their sister company, L.S. Compliance, an accredited testing facility listed with the FCC. Together, L.S. Research and L.S. Compliance offer a complete solution for delivering wireless products to the market. L.S. Research works with customers as a strategic partner in developing wireless products for the industrial, consumer, medical, telecommunications, and military industries. Working with clients from around the world, they provide innovative solutions to demanding product developments. Backed by over 20 years of experience and a full range of design services, L.S. Research can work with clients at any level to solve product applications. Detailed information about L.S. Research and L.S. Compliance can be found at www.lsr.com. About IAR Systems By focusing on the embedded systems industry, IAR Systems has reached the position of leading supplier of software development tools for embedded micro controllers. Since the company was founded in 1983, IAR has worked in close cooperation with most chipmakers to develop a fully integrated set of programming tools supporting their MCU's and Bluetooth Modules The tools today consist of highly efficient C and EC++ compilers in the IAR Embedded Workbench(TM) development environment, and the IAR visualSTATE(R) graphic programming tool with a patented technology to generate validated and small production-ready code. IAR Systems also provides a total solution for Bluetooth(TM) protocol stacks and applications, from development of Bluetooth devices to qualification, using IAR PreQual(TM). Detailed information about IAR Systems can be found at www.iar.com. 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SOURCE Arrow Electronics; L.S. Research, Inc.; IAR Systems Software, Inc.