Issue #2003 - 06
INFRASTRUCTURE, PRODUCTS & SERVICES
World's first Bluetooth Barcode
Reader Enabled by CSR's BlueCore
Richardson, TX - February 10, 2003 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) today
announced that its BlueCore single-chip solution has been selected by
Baracoda to Bluetooth-enable its BaracodaPencil. The innovative BaracodaPencil is the world's first Bluetooth barcode reader and it helps
simplify the scanning of large or cumbersome goods - a task which is often
tedious and sometimes impossible using a corded scanner. The compact and
lightweight BaracodaPencil resolves this issue, as its Bluetooth-enabled
wireless scanner will allow object scanning without the operator having to
stay close to the terminal.
CSR's BlueCore chip features low power consumption, essential for such a
compact portable device, allowing battery life of up to 2000 scans per
recharge. In addition, the small footprint and low requirements for
external components of CSR's Bluetooth silicon has allowed Baracoda to
produce a versatile scanner with a small and ergonomic design which also
makes it usable as a stylus for a PDA or tablet PC. These characteristics
make CSR's Bluetooth solution ideal for use in such mobile tools. The
BaracodaPencil complements the growing array of CSR BlueCore-enabled
Because the BaracodaPencil can store up to 1000 codes and is Bluetooth-enabled, the range of applications for which it can be utilised is
huge. For example, in the home, the BaracodaPencil could be used to scan
products or catalogues which could automatically compile a shopping list on
a computer or PDA. This list could then be modified and printed or turned
into an electronic shopping basket at an online shop. In the workplace, the
time spent on tasks such as inventory management, delivery tracking, and
document management, could be drastically reduced by employing the
As a Class 2 Bluetooth device, the BaracodaPencil has an operating range of
up to 15m, permitting wireless connectivity to a PC or PDA across an office
environment or in the home. With its size and weight roughly equivalent to
the average good quality pen (dimensions of 112 x 25 x 16mm and 42g in
weight) the BaracodaPencil is very portable and unobtrusive. At the core of
Baracoda's technology is a customized module, using CSR's BlueCore, and
called the Baracoda SmartModule. The SmartModule includes several layers of
Baracoda's proprietary software and was designed specifically for data-capture and automatic identification applications.
The market for Bluetooth is expanding and chip prices have already dipped
below the $5 mark. Manufacturers are finding an increasing number of
compelling applications with which to utilise Bluetooth technology.
Thierry Daher, Sr Vice President Sales & Marketing, Baracoda Inc commented,
"To create the world's first barcode scanner and to power our
SmartModule, BlueCore, the world's leading single-chip solution was the natural choice.
CSR's commitment to producing design-friendly silicon has enabled us to
create the BaracodaPencil with up to the minute technology that allows
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specializes in providing single-chip radio
devices to the global market for short-range wireless communications,
CSR was the first company to offer a true single-chip Bluetooth
solution with BlueCore, a fully integrated 2.4 GHz radio, baseband and
microcontroller. In Q4 2001 CSR released BlueCore2, its second generation
CSR has Microsoft
Corp, NEC, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, Compaq, IBM, Fujitsu, LG, ALPS, TDK,
3Com, Mitsumi, Siemens and Motorola as its customers.
CSR is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in Richardson, Texas;
Tokyo, Japan; Singapore and Aalborg, Denmark.
Source: CSR Press Release
For more information: http://www.csr.com
MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Use
of Bluetooth in bar code scanners is an appropriate application. It
has distinct advantages over cord-connected scanners. But will it
work as flawlessly as the corded scanners? There is a sizable market
out there. We eagerly await for Symbol, the king of scanning, to
adopt this technology actively. Very few vendors know that
market as well as Symbol does.
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