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N91:Broadcom and Palm Announce Collaboration on Advanced Bluetooth Solutions for
Next-Generation Handheld Computers
At the Consumer Electronics Show, Broadcom announced that Palm has selected
it to Enable Wireless Communications for Personal Area Networks. This will
specifically look at the development of advanced Bluetooth architecture for use
in a next-generation Palm handheld computer. Palm will use this architecture,
which is based on Broadcom's Blutonium line of transceivers, as a building block
for creating innovative Personal Area Networks.
To find out more see the press
Details about Palm and the Broadcom Corporation to be added shortly.
N90:Developers' Conference Report now Available
News from the recent Developers' Conference is now available - see our special
N89:A major Asian telecommunications company licenses Bluetooth protocol
stack technology from IAR Systems
IAR Systems have announced that a leading Asian telecommunications
company has placed an order to its Bluetooth Protocol stack technology for
use in a new product. This strategically important order is a breakthrough
on the Asian market, and was closed in cooperation with Microtime Computer
Inc, the IAR distributor in
More details can be found on the press
For details on IAR Systems Bluetooth solutions see the Applications
N88:Bluetooth protocol stack technology from IAR Systems now ported to
Taiyo Yuden modules
IAR Systems and ALPS
have announced that the Embedded Bluetooth protocol stack software from
IAR Systems has been ported to the Bluetooth modules from ALPS
. IAR Systems has adapted and optimized its Bluetooth software for the ALPS
modules for use in Bluetooth products world-wide.
Also in a separate press release IAR Systems announced that it's MakeApp
solution for the Bluetooth protocol stack now supports the Bluetooth modules from
Further details can be found from IAR and ALPS modules on the press
Further details can be found from IAR and Taiyo Yuden modules on the press
For details on IAR Systems Bluetooth solutions see the Applications
Details about ALPS can be found on the Modules
For details on Taiyo Yuden Bluetooth solutions see
the Modules page.
N87:IAR MakeApp for the Bluetooth protocol stack now supports the Taiyo
Yuden Bluetooth modules
IAR Systems and Taiyo Yuden have announced that IAR MakeApp for the
Bluetooth protocol stack now supports the Bluetooth modules from Taiyo
Yuden. IAR Systems has adapted and optimized its Bluetooth software for
the Taiyo Yuden modules for use in Bluetooth products worldwide.
IAR Systems has adapted and optimized its Embedded Bluetooth protocol
stack technology to work well with the Bluetooth modules from Taiyo Yuden,
which are targeted for products with built-in Bluetooth wireless
N86:Windows CE.Net ready for January launch
Microsoft Corp. is gearing up for the January launch of the next version
of its Windows CE operating system, Windows CE .Net.
Windows CE .Net is an embedded operating system designed to be used in
mobile devices, such as smart phones and PDAs (personal digital
assistants), Eddie Wu, senior director of Microsoft's Embedded Systems
Group in Asia, said the OS will be formally launched sometime next month.
The software incorporates support of Bluetooth and 802.11b wireless
Check out Microsoft's Bluetooth products on the Applications
N85:Game Boy Advance to get Bluetooth
nReach have announced that they will be manufacturing a Bluetooth
Adapter for the Game Boy Advance. The new adapter is designed to allow gamers interact
wirelessly with each other within an area of 10-100 meters. The adapter
will also enable the user to receive messages and download trial games. The
Bluetooth Adapter for the Game Boy Advance will be available in Q2 of 2002.
See the innovative products page.
See the original press
N84:RTX Telecom Bluetooth Host Controller Core granted Bluetooth approval
RTX's Bluetooth Host Controller secured qualification approval
The Host Controller Core consists of different layers: Transport Layer, Data
Manager, Event Manager, Link Manager and Upper Link Controller. Together, these
layers handle communication between the Bluetooth module and the Host, such as
link set-up and control, encryption key negotiation, authentication, data rate
negotiation, and general control of slave modes, re-transmission, inquiry and
inquiry scan, and the low power modes: sniff and hold.
The RTX Telecom Host Controller Core has already been proven with Bluetooth
RF solutions from National Semiconductor, Silicon Wave and Conexant. The Host
Controller Core is currently being licensed to customers in the Bluetooth
See full details in RTX's Press
This RTX product features on on our Protocol
Other RTX products feature on Access
Points, Routers and Infrastructure, Consultancy,
for Silicon, Mobile
Equipment, USB Dongles
N83:Bluetooth SIG set New Definitions
The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. has announced that its Human Input Devices (HID) Working
Group has released a definition for how Bluetooth wireless technology will
enable input devices such as mice and keyboards for computing and other wireless
capable products. These enhancements are part of the new Human Input Device
Profile and are expected to be adopted by the Bluetooth SIG membership.
N82:TTPCom Ltd. plan to integrate Bluetooth and GSM Cores
The company's goal is to create an integrated device that
costs $3, cheap enough for second-tier OEMs to build Bluetooth-enabled cell
phones, said Charles Sturman, Bluetooth product manager for TTPCom. Top-tier
cell phone manufacturers such as Nokia and Ericsson are working on their own
integrated GSM-Bluetooth products, he said.
So far, TTPCom has combined application-level GSM and
Bluetooth software onto a processor embedded in the GSM baseband chip. This
was shown at the developers conference recently.
The second and more complex step, which TTPCom expects to
complete within a few months, is to integrate the real-time elements of
Bluetooth software onto the GSM baseband.
Details about TTPCom's products can be found on the Design Solutions,
IP for Silicon,
N81: Agilent & RTX Telecom deliver
technology for development of E1852A Bluetooth Test Set
RTX Telecom has continued its collaboration with Agilent Technologies,
creating an updated version of the popular, E1852A Bluetooth Test Set.
The E1852A Bluetooth Test Set, introduced December 2000, was designed for use
in the development and manufacture of Bluetooth devices in the wireless
networking industry, addressing the need to verify the functionality and
performance of Bluetooth devices.
The updated model - the Agilent E1852B Bluetooth Test Set - is easier to
integrate into manufacturing applications provides more comprehensive coverage
of Bluetooth test cases and now supports audio test. These enhancements
address the common customer requests received by Agilent since the
introduction of the E1852A.
Full details can be found on the Agilent Press
More details about Agilent products can be found on the Test
Equipment, Developer Tools
More details about RTX Telecom products can be found on
the Access Points, Routers
and Infrastructure, Consultancy,
for Silicon, Mobile
Phones, Protocol Stack
, Test Equipment, USB
N80:Bluetooth public access in the
UK - coming soon ?
The UK spectrum regulator, the Radiocommunications Agency, is seeking views on
opening up the currently licence exempt bands, including the 2.4 GHz ISM
band, for the provision of unregulated public telecoms, such as public access
Bluetooth. In the UK, Netario have been
wanting to deploy such a network in the Manchester area and no doubt will be
making sure their voice is heard. Others, who have paid vast some for
spectrum may not be so keen on the idea. And, of course, the
proposed approach is technology neutral, which would mean that WiFi (802.11)
public access could also be deployed in the same physical location, with no
protection for either technology against mutual interference.
Let the UK regulator know what you think on
this important issue...you can find the
consultation document on their website
complete wirelessware solution integrating 802.11 and Bluetooth networks
Red-M today announced that it is showcasing Genos wirelessware technology at
the Moscone Center in San Francisco from December 10. The company will
demonstrate a mixed, secure, 802.11 WLAN and Bluetooth network controlled by
Genos, and accessed by a number of data and voice-enabled edge devices such
as: laptops, cordless telephony profile (CTP) mobile phones and personal
digital assistants (PDAs).
For more details see the press
For specific details on the Red-M Genos software see the Applications
For details on Red-M's various other solutions see the Access
Points, Routers and Infrastructure, PDA
Accessories and Security
N78:Adamya Technologies and Tensilica Announce Sub $5 Bluetooth Functionality
Adamya Technologies and
Tensilica Inc. jointly announce the availability of the C-Blue(TM) Bluetooth
application solution package for Tensilica's Xtensa(TM) configurable
microprocessor architecture. This solution enables designers to incorporate
Bluetooth functionality into their end systems and systems-on-chip (SOCs).
The Bluetooth 1.1 compliant software baseband and stack was developed through
the combination of hardware to accelerate the baseband and protocol functions
created in the Tensilica Instruction Extension (``TIE'') language, and an
optimized implementation of the Adamya's Bluetooth software that utilizes the
For more details see the press release.
Details on Adamya Technologies can be found on the Protocol Stack,
Details about Tensilica Inc. will be added shortly to The Wireless Directory.
N77: IAR Systems and XEMICS
close a deal on development systems for Bluetooth products
IAR Systems in Sweden and XEMICS in Switzerland today announced that a deal
has been closed around development and production of Bluetooth Starter Kits
for the XEMICS semiconductors for the Bluetooth wireless technology. The
products will be developed and manufactured by IAR Systems in Jönköping,
Sweden, and marketed and sold by the XEMICS world-wide sales organization.
For details see the XEMICS and IAR press release, click
For more details on XEMICS
solutions go the Semiconductors - Baseband & Controllers
For more details on IAR Systems solutions go the Applications Software,
Consultancy, Development Kits,
N76:TDK launches Bluetooth PC card
TDK has launched a Bluetooth card for use with laptops and notebook
computers. The accessory will allow users to gain wireless access to email
and internet access via compatible devices. The card uses a built-in
antenna to transmit and receive data via short-range radio waves.
Users will need compatible hardware to make use of the £109 accessory.
The card also allows dial-up
networking, electronic fax transmission and instant synchronisation between
PCs, mobiles and compatible PDAs.
Details of TDK's
other products can be found on the PC
N75:Aptilo Networks launch complete product family for Local Mobile
Aptilo Networks is now launching a complete product family for local
mobile networks, with Internet access and local network services in public
locations. In addition to Aptilo's first commercial product, the Aptilo
Mobile Access Server, which has been upgraded with new functionality, the
offering has now been expanded to include a Payment Server and an Access
Using Aptilo's solutions the user can
set up and operate local mobile networks for access to the Internet or to
offer local services in the network. The system functions using both of the
license-free radio technologies, WLAN (802.11b) and Bluetooth.
The various components of the product
family are designed to function in combination, but can also be used
individually. An installation that uses all of the components was recently
completed at Copenhagen Airport, where passengers can now gain simple and
value-for-money wireless Internet access.
The service is purchased on-site by making a single payment, for example, for
time-limited Internet access or for other local value-added services in the
network. Network owners can also offer free services and send messages and
other information to a specific user through the system's positioning
Details about Aptilo's solution and services will be added shortly to The Wireless Directory.
N74:Centurion opens West Coast Design Center
Centurions West Coast Design Center (WCDC) recently opened in
Scotts Valley, California. WCDC's main focus is to efficiently design,
develop and prototype embedded and small form factor antennas for
wirelessly enabled devices. The new Center should help shorten
antenna design cycles and get antennas into production quicker.
The West Coast Design Center will
serve our current global customers in the wireless data, cellular, in-building
wireless and telematics markets, says Donald Naab, COO for Centurion.
Centurion has implemented state of the art technology for modeling, testing
and prototyping at the West Coast Design Center that will ultimately help our
customers speed their products to market. With development times
compressing significantly and so many of our current customers located on the
West Coast, we felt it was critical for Centurion to have a strong presence.
am very excited to be a part of the Centurion team, says Patrick McKivergan,
Director of Engineering, West Coast Design Center. A new influx of
ideas from the design team combined with Centurions global antenna
expertise will better enable Centurion to support our customers.
team at WCDC includes highly skilled RF engineers with 2 PhDs and 6 Masters.
WCDC is equipped with an anechoic chamber, antenna test equipment, full
prototyping capability and a full suite of RF modeling software to aptly serve
For more details see Centurion's press
For more details on Centurion's solutions see the Antennas,
N73:Mobile phones, PDAs and headsets will be the early Bluetooth drivers
The ARC Group have released a report looking at how they predict the
Bluetooth market to develop of the next few years. It is thought that
Bluetooth mobile handsets will grow from 1.4m devices this year to 16.2m
in 2002, and will reach almost 100m in 2003. Globally, the Bluetooth
handset market is set to really take-off from 2003, when volume production
of chips and the introduction of 3G networks combine to boost the
Bluetooth handset market.
By 2006, the ARC Group estimates that 779.7m handsets sold will be
Bluetooth enabled, which represents 71% of devices sold in that year.
For further details see the press
Details about the ARC Group can be found on the Market Reports & Studies
Details of the original report can be found on the ARC