A Xilinx based fast UART to PC Card (PCMCIA) bridging solution is the ideal mechanism for integrating industry standard Bluetooth communications into legacy systems. Such a solution can be realized quickly, can leverage a wide variety of low cost Bluetooth components, and can be optimized to impose a minimal impact on the host system implementation and performance. The result is a cost effective solution, fast time-to-market, and preservation of host MIPS for the primary device application.