Sybase iAnywhere, Marvell Team For Telematics Solutions

By PRESS RELEASE — February 20, 2009

This is one of several news announcements from the 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. For more news from the conference, click here.

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- Sybase iAnywhere will collaborate with Marvell Semiconductor in developing an embedded Bluetooth software stack for wireless communication utilizing 802.11 Alternate MAC/PHY technology. This new version of the iAnywhere Blue SDK (Software Developer Kit), along with support for the Marvell 88W8688 WLAN plus Bluetooth single chip solution and future Marvell devices, will help speed to market new innovative automotive telematics applications.

With the increased bandwidth now available through the use of the 802.11 MAC/PHY, the telematics industry can move toward an ecosystem that enables the simultaneous use of handsfree operation, data (phone book) synchronization, in-car audio streaming and in-car video streaming to multiple users in the car. High speed internet access will also enable more sophisticated integration of automated automotive solutions such as toll road payment systems and traffic management systems to help alleviate traffic congestion.

"As a long-time Blue SDK customer, we believe Sybase iAnywhere brings the industry leadership and technical expertise needed to help reduce development costs and testing cycles and shorten time-to-market of new Bluetooth applications," said Dr. Partho Mishra, Vice President and General Manager, Embedded and Emerging Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor. "Our collaboration aims to demonstrate the next Bluetooth 'Seattle' specification, thus helping move Bluetooth technology forward with new and innovative applications in the future."

The iAnywhere Blue SDK provides an efficient way to add reliable and proven Bluetooth radio communications to embedded devices and counts a number of leading companies as customers including Harman/Becker, Visteon and Johnson Controls for telematics, and Palm for handsets.

The new version will add feature sets to adhere to the current draft of the next Bluetooth specification (code named "Seattle") including:

  • Establishment of connections using  high-speed 802.11 based hardware  through the AMP Manager (Alternate MAC/PHY)
  • Enhanced Logical Link Control Adaptation Protocol (L2CAP) capability required for managing both Bluetooth and 802.11 radio connections
  • Straightforward support for popular profiles such as handsfree and audio streaming, and efficient data transfer between mobile devices
"The collaboration between technology leaders Sybase iAnywhere and Marvell Semiconductor to bring an embedded software stack for Bluetooth wireless technology over the Alternate MAC/PHY architecture being developed in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) demonstrates their joint commitment to moving Bluetooth technology forward," said Mike Foley, Executive Director, Bluetooth SIG. "This technology advancement highlights the new opportunities for expansion of automotive telematics applications being driven by the evolving Bluetooth standard."

Sybase iAnywhere and Marvell Semiconductor are working together to deliver an embedded software stack for wireless communication utilizing Alternate MAC/PHY such as 802.11. The company expects this implementation to be compliant with the final Bluetooth "Seattle" specification when it achieves ratification in mid-2009.  


About Sybase iAnywhere Mobile Device Solutions
Sybase iAnywhereâ╬╢s software development kits (SDKs) for Bluetooth and IrDA wireless technology, OMA protocols (Data Sync and Device Management), and mobile device to PC synchronization software help manufacturers rapidly integrate this functionality into a wide range of mobile devices. Sybase iAnywhere has more than ten years of experience working in wireless networking protocols and hundreds of design wins representing tens of millions of enabled products in the market.

About Sybase iAnywhere
iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:SY), enables success at the front lines of business. The company holds worldwide market leadership positions in mobile and embedded databases, mobile management and security, mobile email, mobile middleware and synchronization, and Bluetooth and infrared protocol technologies. Sybase iAnywhere plays an important role in the Sybase Unwired Enterprise strategy, which focuses on managing and mobilizing information from the data center to the point of action. Tens of millions of mobile devices and over 20,000 customers and partners rely on the companyâ╬╢s "Always Available" technologies, including Sybase Unwired Platform, SQL Anywhere, Afaria and iAnywhere Mobile Office.

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