MindTree Consulting announced Wednesday that NEC of Japan has licensed its protocol stack and other software for the Bluetooth wireless standard.
MindTree, an IT services and embedded software company in Bangalore supported NEC on the integration of the software stack with NEC's mobile phones based on the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) standard, according to Vinod Deshmukh, executive vice-president and chief technology officer of MindTree's R&D (research and development) services.
Although NEC had earlier licensed a Bluetooth stack from another vendor, it is using the MindTree stack for its robustness and easy integration with its products, Deshmukh said. NEC was also looking for a partner who can support it in the long term on Bluetooth software, he added.
Phones incorporating the stack are already shipping and under terms of the deal with NEC, besides an upfront licensing fee, MindTree earns royalty on each phone shipped.
A number of large outsourcing companies in India, as well as startups, are focusing on providing protocol stacks for the 802.11 wireless LAN, Bluetooth, GSM, and other wireless standards. Customers are typically semiconductor companies that sell chips to the wireless devices market, and equipment makers.
MindTree has also designed a new analog IC (Integrated Circuit) with intelligent power management capabilities for lithium ion battery chargers. The chip was designed for an undisclosed Asian manufacturer of analog semiconductor devices.