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The Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone market is expected to reach 20 million this year, and Texas Instruments Inc. wants to make sure it is in on the action.

The chipmaker has developed a single-chip Bluetooth solution — the BFR6100 — that integrates a digital Radio Frequency processor and Bluetooth baseband on one chip. The two chips into one design will consume as little as half the power, less space and cost less, according to TI.

TI contends that the chip's low-cost — less than $4 when bought in bulk — will help accelerate the deployment of Bluetooth technology.

The chip is expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of next year.

Research firm In-Stat-MDR predicts the number of Bluetooth-enabled phones will reach at least 300 million in 2005.

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