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Queries on BLE Qualification and Declaration Processes - KBA210802
Last Updated: February 02, 2016
- What is the difference between a Declaration ID and QDID?
The QDID is the unique identifier assigned to a qualified design; it is referenced during the declaration process to indicate successful completion of the qualification process. The Declaration ID is issued upon payment of the declaration fee and is required to begin the declaration process. The Declaration ID is a unique number assigned to every member company and once used, reflects the member’s completion of both the qualification and declaration processes.
- Why does Cypress have both Component and End Product Listings?
The listings are targeted at two types of customers who will use our BLE solution:
- Component Listing - Customers who need their own qualified design. These customers inherit evidence for one or more layers from Cypress’s component listings
- End Product Listing – Customers who do not need to create their own qualified design. These customers simply reference our end product QDID. Note that this is subject to the condition that there is no change to the qualified design.
- Should I buy a Declaration ID even if I am using the Cypress BLE silicon/module that is fully qualified as an End Product?
Yes. If your company is creating or rebranding a product that uses qualified designs, you need to buy a Declaration ID and complete the declaration process. Completing the qualification process is a requirement to satisfy the conditions of the license defined in the Bluetooth Trademark License Agreement (BTLA) and Bluetooth Patent & Copyright License Agreement (BPCLA).
- What is the process to buy a Declaration ID?
You need to be a member of the Bluetooth SIG. You can then buy a Declaration ID from the Bluetooth SIG by paying the declaration fee. Payment can be made in two ways: using a credit card or with an invoice.
- What type of a member should I be?
You have two options: Adopter and Associate.
Adopter membership is free. This is the minimum you require to obtain the license to build BLE products and use BLE trademarks.
Associate membership involves a cost. However, you get a 50 percent discount on listing fee, UPF fee, and so on. The fee is as follows:
- $7,500 USD - If the annual revenue of your company is less than 100 million USD
- $35,000 USD - If the annual revenue of your company is greater than 100 million USD
If you intend to participate in the SIG working groups and contribute to specifications development, choose the Associate membership; otherwise, choose the Adopter membership.
- What is the Declaration Fee?
Adopter: $8,000 USD
Associate: $4,000 USD
Innovation Incentive Program: $2,500 USD for up to two declarations (conditions apply)
- Should I buy a Declaration ID for every product variation?
No. If your products use the same set of qualified designs without any modifications, then you can list all the products in one listing using a single Declaration ID.
- What if I do not want to pay for Declaration ID / not list my product / not carry a Bluetooth logo on my product?
Bluetooth SIG administers the qualification process and declaration process for members to demonstrate their compliance with both the Bluetooth Trademark License Agreement and Bluetooth Patent & Copyright License Agreement. Most members want to complete the requirements for both license agreements; therefore, the processes are completed simultaneously using an online tool provided by the Bluetooth SIG. If you do not plan on using the Bluetooth trademark, you will still want to be sure you satisfy the requirements of Bluetooth Patent & Copyright License Agreement when incorporating Bluetooth technology into a product for commercialization. If you are contracted to build a product for another company, SIG recommends that you consult your own legal counsel about your company’s responsibility. To ensure each member meets the requirements of both license agreements, SIG advises that each member completes defined processes for the products they build, brand, or otherwise represent in any way as their own.
- Should I be a member of Bluetooth SIG to build/brand BLE products?
Yes. Adopter membership is free. As an Adopter member of the Bluetooth SIG, you immediately gain:
- The right to a license to build products using Bluetooth technology
- The right to a license to use the Bluetooth trademarks
- Cypress has both silicon and module as qualified end products. Which one should I use?
Choose module if you want to reduce overhead (cost and time) of the qualification process. The use of the silicon is normally open to hardware changes that affect the qualified design. This will require an assessment, requiring you to run all the Bluetooth RF/PHY testing at a BQTF and to create a new qualified design/QDID for your product.
Choose silicon if the module form factor, size, cost, or circuit design does not meet your product’s requirement. You may have to incur additional cost of running RF/PHY testing at a BQTF to ensure your product is still compliant.
- If I choose the module, do I need to create my own qualified design/QDID?
No. You only need to buy a Declaration ID for the Listing. You will reference the End Product QDID for the Cypress EZ-BLE module.
- If I choose the silicon, do I need to create my own qualified design/QDID?
You may need to, if the changes to the design are significant and will apply to most of your products. It is a good idea to get a new End Product QDID so you can list all your products by referencing your QDID. Follow the process discussed earlier to create your own End Product QDID.
- What will happen when Cypress offers a new revision of silicon/module and we switch to the new silicon/module?
There are a two possibilities:
- Cypress adds the new silicon/module to an existing End Product Listing – You can switch to the new silicon/module without any update required to your listing.
- Cypress creates a new End Product QDID for the silicon/module and new Component QDIDs for layers – You will need to buy a new Declaration ID and do a new listing, referencing the new End Product QDID. If you created your own End Product QDID and Cypress has new Component QDIDs for the referenced components, you will need to create a new End Product QDID.
- We have a product with a competitor’s silicon and want to switch to Cypress. Do I need to do the qualification and declaration processes again?
Yes. Because the QDID your product will use will now be different, you need to create a new QDID and Declaration ID (if creating your own QDID) or only a new Declaration ID (if only referencing).
- What do we need to do if Cypress adds new BLE features (4.2 or 5.0) to their solution? Do we need to change anything?
Whenever Cypress adds new BLE features, one or more qualified designs will be impacted depending on the layer(s) in which the changes are made. Cypress will create new QDIDs for such components and may also create a new End Product QDID.
If you continue to use the previous silicon/module that support the previous feature-set, you do not have to do anything. If you decide to use the new features, then you will need to go through the qualification and/or declaration process again.
- Can the customer use an OUI-36 assigned from IEEE as the 36-Bit part of the 48-Bit "Public Device Address”?
As long as the addresses are unique, it should not matter. The resulting MAC addresses when starting with an OUI-36 are still 48 bits, so functionally there should not be a problem.
- Can we use Cypress OUI for the project or do we have to obtain OUI from Bluetooth SIG?
We recommend customers to get their own OUI. You can get your Company ID from the Bluetooth SIG after you get an Adopter or Associate membership; visit https://www.bluetooth.org/en-us/specification/assigned-numbers/company-identifiers
You can also use an Organizationally Unique Identifier assigned by the IEEE; visit https://standards.ieee.org/develop/regauth/oui/