Arrow Electronics, L.S. Research, and IAR Systems Deliver a Complete Bluetooth(TM) Reference Design Based Upon Broadcom's Blutonium(TM) BCM2035 Single Chip Solution

    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.
 
     Broadcom(R) is a trademark of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates
 in the United States and certain other countries. Bluetooth(TM) is a trademark
 of the Bluetooth SIG. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Arrow Electronics; L.S. Research, Inc.; IAR Systems Software, Inc.

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