||GCT SEMICONDUCTOR AND
OPEN INTERFACE FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP IN BLUETOOTH MARKET
||Open Interface to
integrate BlueMagic 3.0 protocol stack software with GCT's
Bluetooth ICs for use in audio and video applications
Tokyo, Expo Comm Wireless Japan 2002, July 17, 2002 – GCT
Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company serving the
wireless device industry, and Open Interface North America,
Inc., a leading provider of Bluetooth wireless software
technology and services, today announced a strategic alliance
to co-develop Bluetooth product solutions and reference
platforms for the embedded Bluetooth multimedia market.
The partnership combines the advanced technologies of GCT's
patented direct conversion RF CMOS architecture and baseband
controllers with Open Interface's industry leading BlueMagic
3.0 protocol stack software to deliver high-performance
streaming audio and video for Bluetooth applications.
"GCT has added core functionality to its Bluetooth chips,
including a hybrid RISC/DSP core architecture that is both
innovative and compelling for developers deploying
high-fidelity audio and mobile video applications for consumer
applications," said Hiroshi Onaka, Vice Chairman of Open
Interface North America. "The business relationship into which
we have entered with GCT is important for both of our
companies as our customers have expressed a strong interest in
audio and video applications for Bluetooth."
GCT's Bluetooth product portfolio includes Bluetooth certified
radio and baseband ICs optimized for high integration, high
performance and low cost. The GDM1000 RF transceiver and
GDM1202 baseband controller with an embedded DSP are available
as alpha samples to a select group of partners. GCT is also
sampling its GDM3101, a fully integrated, on-chip MPEG4 A/V
codec and Bluetooth baseband processor.
"In an effort to provide highly regarded products that are
both flexible and innovative, GCT has partnered with Open
Interface to provide the very best solutions to assist
customers in the development of low-power, cost-effective
Bluetooth-enabled multimedia applications in the rapidly
expanding Bluetooth audio and video consumer markets," said
Dr. K.H. Lee, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of GCT.
The Open Interface North America BlueMagic 3.0 protocol stack
is a highly configurable and resource-efficient Bluetooth
protocol stack designed to minimize the cost and effort of
integrating Bluetooth wireless technology into embedded
applications. Application and equipment developers who want to
ease product development cycle are able to easily configure
the modular, scalable, and portable BlueMagic 3.0 protocol
stack to provide only the functionality required by the
GCT Semiconductor will be demonstrating its wireless audio and
video platforms at Wireless Japan 2002 tradeshow, in booth #
513-2 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center from July
17 - 19, 2002.
About GCT Semiconductor
GCT Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company that
designs, develops and markets innovative integrated circuit
solutions for the wireless communications industry. The
company's patented direct conversion architecture, which is
the basis for GCT's radio frequency (RF) core, can efficiently
support multimode applications and be fabricated on standard
CMOS processes. The CMOS process gives product advantages in
the form of high manufacturing yields and the possibility for
integration between the RF function and other functions in the
physical and link layers of wireless devices.
For more information, please visit GCT at www.gctsemi.com.
About Open Interface North America, Inc.
Open Interface, Inc. was established in Japan in 1992. An
early adopter of the Bluetooth wireless technology
specification, Open Interface, Inc. is an associate member of
the Bluetooth SIG and was one of the first companies to
develop Bluetooth wireless technology products for the
Japanese market. The Open Interface BlueMagic 2.0 protocol
stack was the first Bluetooth protocol stack to be integrated
and shipped in a commercially available product. This
complete, qualified Bluetooth protocol stack and related
software development tools have since remained among the most
successful tools for Bluetooth application developers, having
been used extensively by major PC OEMs. To learn more, visit
Open Interface North America, Inc. at www.openinterface.com.
Pierre Bedard, Operations Manager
Open Interface North America, Inc.