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