Triad Semi, Z-Focus to demo first software-based, real-time single-mode BLE data transfer

triadsemilogoWinston-Salem, N.C. — Triad Semiconductor and Z-Focus Technology Group will demonstrate the world’s first software-based, real-time Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) data transfer at ARM Techcon3 in Santa Clara, California, October 21-22, 2009. The demonstration, based on the BLE v0.9 prototyping specification, will wirelessly stream real-time digitized signals from Triad’s new Mocha development system to a PC display, according to the companies.

The system consists of the Z-Focus BLE-Z single-mode BLE stack running on Triad’s ARM Cortex-M0 based Mocha development system with the BLE wireless connection enabled by EM Microelectronics’ EM9301 BLE radio. Triad’s Mocha family of via-configurable arrays (VCAs) combines ultra-low-power Cortex-M0 32-bit processor performance with Triad’s VCA technology for rapid mixed-signal system-on-chip (SoC) design.

The flexible FPGA-based Mocha development system allows customers and partners, as demonstrated by Z-Focus, to quickly port software and develop mixed-signal prototypes of Mocha SoC solutions, said the company.

BLE is an emerging wireless standard that will be used in ultra-low-power medical, fitness and consumer devices, and is expected to be designed into a billion cell phones within a few years, enabling hundreds of millions of wireless devices such as blood pressure monitors, glucose monitors, heart monitors, and fitness loggers to wirelessly provide vital data to health care workers, patients, athletes and fitness devotees, said the companies.

Triad and Z-Focus will demo the technology in Booth 815 at ARM TechCon3. The presentation — uW/Mhz is the Tip of the Iceberg in Energy Efficient SoC Design — will take place on Wednesday, October 21, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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