Toshiba and Panasonic in European Bluetooth move
Toshiba Electronics and Panasonic Industrial Devices have teamed up in Europe to offer a Bluetooth module for industrial, automation, medical, personal sport and fitness equipment.
The module will combine Toshiba’s single chip TC35661 Bluetooth semiconductor device and software stack with Panasonic’s module design and manufacture.
“The combination of Panasonic’s experience in high quality module production and Toshiba’s track record in leading edge silicon and software development means that together we can deliver a compelling Bluetooth solution for product developers in many markets,” said Matthias Frey, product marketing director, Panasonic Industrial Devices sales Europe.
It will support both Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) functionality.
“This cooperation will give customers access to a highly effective Bluetooth solution that significantly reduces the design and integration effort required for incorporating the latest Bluetooth technology into their products,” said Armin Derpmanns, general manager business development, Toshiba Electronics Europe.
Designed and manufactured in Europe, the module will be marketed worldwide with an initial focus on Europe and USA. The first product is planned for release in Q4 2012.