2014年1月12日 星期日

A Simple Summary of BT4.0 Bluetooth Certification Listing Process & Fee Revised (effected from 2014/2/1)

Raytac Corporaiton
A BT4.0 module supplier based on Nordic nRF51822 & nRF51422 solution
http://www.raytac.com/products.php?subid=16
Tel: +886.2.3234.0208


SIG announced the revised listing process and fee recently, and will be effected from 2014/2/1.
We have received a lot of customers' questions about this in detail.
To help all our customers have an easy and quick understanding for the revision, a simply summary is made according to SIG's document as below.

Definition of a Product
A “Product” is a Compliant Portion OR an implementation of a Compliant Portion combined with any enabling technologies necessary to make or use the Product. Enabling technologies may include, but are not limited to the form factor, semiconductor manufacturing technology, compiler technology, object oriented technology, basic operating system technology, PCB, other discrete components, application programming, interfaces, applications, or user interfaces; including the technology used to generate, display or interact with a user. For example,  in the scenario if a Member building the “machine”, which  is creating a new Product implementing a Compliant Portion and required to complete the Declaration Process.

Declaration ID
The SIG is discontinuing the QDID and replacing it with a new listing which is called as Declaration ID—applied to a member’s listing.
The Declaration ID will be a unique identifier for the declaration of compliance with the terms and conditions in the Bluetooth Trademark License Agreement and Bluetooth Patent/Copyright License Agreement. Depending on the qualified design implementation, a single listing fee needed.
The Declaration ID may include multiple products.

Declaration Pricing
The listing fee will be USD 4,000 for Associate and Promoter members and USD 8,000 for Adopter members.

Listing fee discount for small or start-up companies
SIG launched the Innovation Incentive Program for small/start-up member companies. The program allows
member companies with less than one million USD in annual revenues and no prior listings (Declarations, QDLs or EPLs) to declare a product for a special listing fee of USD 2,500.

Is the fee the same for the different Qualified Design product types; Subsystems, End Products and Components?
Every Qualified Design is required to complete the Declaration listing process. The fee to complete the process is the same for all product types.

A listing fee required when adding new features to an existing design?
Yes. Because the addition of new features is considered a design change both new QDID and Declaration ID are required.

New Qualification listing process
The Qualification process remains unchanged. Members are still required to:
1. Create new a Qualification project using the TPG
    a. Declare your supported features
    b. Check for compliance
    c. Generate Test Plan
2. Perform Qualification Testing
    a. Execute the tests according to the Test Plan using the PTS, BITE or other Member Defined test setup
    b. Generate Test Reports/Evidence
    3. List your Design/Product
    a. Upload Test Evidence
    b. Sign Declarations
    c. Submit Listing

What happens to existing EPLs?
All EPLs created prior to 1 February 2014 remain publically listed and considered to have satisfied the previous qualification marking requirements. Members are not required to create a new listing or purchase a Declaration ID for their existing EPLs.

What happens to existing QDLs 
All QDLs created prior to 1 February 2014 will remain publically listed and considered to have satisfied the
Qualification Program requirements. How members reference existing QDLs will be updated to accommodate the new listing process.
Each Qualified Design was issued a Project ID# (not previously exposed) that will now be the QDID used as reference for new product listings. Existing QDIDs will be considered a Declaration ID for reference, administration and listing management.


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