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N72:DoCoMo to market Bluetooth Personal Handyphome
DoCoMo have announced that it will start marketing
it's Personal Handyphone System (PHS) devices that are compatible with Bluetooth
1.1. The new browser phone, dubbed "Paldio
633S," will be marketed through all NTT DoCoMo sales channels on an open
price basis starting on December 3, 2001.
The model is capable of performing
various wireless functions with other Bluetooth V 1.1-compatible devices,
including 64 kbps circuit-switched data communications and exchanging up to
500 entries from address books, e-mail and electronic business cards.
For more details go to the DoCoMo press release click
Details about DoCoMo's products can be found on Mobile Phones.
N71:Bandspeed and Open Interface Join Forces to
Enable Bluetooth Coexistence with Wireless Local Area Networks
Bandspeed Inc. and Open Interface have announced a product that uses Adaptive
Frequency Hopping (AFH) technology to allow Bluetooth-enabled devices to
coexist with Wireless Local Area Networks. (WLANs).
The companies will unveil the solution, based on Bandspeed's AFH HubMaster(tm)
technology and Open Interface's BlueMagic AFH protocol stack, at the 2001
Bluetooth Developers Conference, which begins Dec. 11 in San Francisco.
Bandspeed has developed Adaptive
Frequency Hopping (AFH) technology that enables the non-collaborative
coexistence of Bluetooth-enabled devices with WLANs such as 802.11b. Open
Interface's BlueMagic protocol stack integrated with Bandspeed's chipset
creates a complete AFH coexistence solution for hardware manufacturers and
OEMs. BlueMagic AFH is backwards compatible with Open Interface's Bluetooth
specification version 1.1 and works with existing Bluetooth wireless devices.
"A leading barrier to widespread
adoption of Bluetooth is its inability to coexist with wireless LANs because
of signal interference," said Michael Luther, chief executive officer,
Bandspeed. "By integrating our chipset with Open Interface's protocol
stack, developers can be assured that their Bluetooth-enabled products will
not interfere with Wireless LANs or Wi-Fi networks."
"This can represent a milestone
in the adoption of Bluetooth-related technologies and products," said
Joyce Putscher, director, converging markets and technologies group at Cahners
In-Stat. "Peaceful coexistence means that WLANs won't have to be
concerned with interference and degraded performance, and Bluetooth, with its
low cost and low power consumption capabilities, can viably provide cableless
"The support for Bandspeed's AFH
technology in Open Interface's Bluetooth protocol stack enables companies to
quickly evaluate the performance improvements from AFH on Windows 2000 and XP
systems," said Hiroshi Onaka, vice chairman of Open Interface North
America. "This is another example of Open Interface's commitment to
provide OEM's with the best tools and support for developing Bluetooth enabled
A fully functional demonstration of
the Bandspeed Hubmaster/Open Interface co-existence solution will take place
at the Bluetooth Developers Conference (booth 219) in San Francisco Dec.
Details of Bandspeed's other solutions can be found on the Semiconductors
- Baseband & Controllers page. Also take a look at Bandspeed's other
news item on N53.
Details on Open Interface will be added shortly to The Wireless Directory.
to go to Bandspeed's website for their press release. (PDF file).
N70:Biochex to get licensing opportunity for integrating Bluetooth from
HealthFrontier Inc., based in Canada, has sent a
letter of intent to Biochex relating to integrating Bluetooth technology enhancement into
their existing product lines.
A formal agreement based on the letter is anticipated to be finalized
by mid January 2002 and will generate for Biochex a development fee estimated at
$250,000 plus royalty of 2% to 7% on gross sales of the products.
Mr. Jose Laraya, the Chief Technology Officer of Biochex commented, "We
believe that HealthFrontier products will provide a good base to demonstrate the
effectiveness of our technology. The letter of intent is a confirmation of
potential demand for our technology and products."
Details on Biochex and HealthFrontier have been added to the Medical Applications
N69:Nokia announce new Bluetooth Accessories
Nokia announced three new Bluetooth
accessories that allow users to simultaneously simplify and enhance their mobile
experience by providing cable-free connectivity with their mobile phones.
Available in Europe and Asia in the first quarter 2002, the Nokia Wireless
Headset, the Nokia Wireless Car Kit, and the Nokia Connectivity Card are
compatible with the latest 1.1 version of the Bluetooth specification.
Nokia wireless car kit for the 6310 allows
the use of
for easy call
sense, it sets
for mobile phone
use. Once the
phone has been
paired with the
new Car Kit, the
phone can, for
in the user's
"The Nokia Bluetooth accessories
introduced demonstrate how new technologies can help people manage their
mobility with increased flexibility. Converging technologies will allow users to
enjoy a broader and more intelligent range of devices," said Juha Reima,
Vice President, Accessories, Nokia Mobile Phones. "To meet the new
requirements of convergence and provide our customers with state-of-the-art
accessories in the future, we are also exploring the possibilities of expanding
our partner network."
Details of the 6310 can be found on the Mobile Phones
Details of the wireless car kit can be found on the Automotive Applications
Details of Nokia's various other Bluetooth products can be found on the Cameras
N68:Netario set to launch Bluetooth Public Access Networks
Netario is set to launch Speedwave, a group of short-range wireless Internet networks, over the next few
months. CEO Philip Coen
believes Speedwave will be able to secure 30% of revenues from 3G operators.
Speedwave uses Bluetooth and 802.11b
wireless LAN technology and is to be initially tested in Manchester after
Christmas with three or four sites. By February and March, the city is forecast
to receive another 70 sites, followed by similar rollouts in 12 UK cities and 10
European cities in 2002.
It is expected that the solution will be able to offer data speeds between 723
Kbps and 5 Mbps and eventually VoIP services through Bluetooth.
For details on Netario go to our Access Points, Routers and Infrastructure
N67:MobileAria showcases hands free, voice-enabled driver
solution using Bluetooth
MobileAria Inc., announced their live productivity service in its fully-equipped
telematics demonstration automobiles.
MobileAria's solution provides drivers with voice-activated access to their
desktops' voice mail, email, contact and calendar information, driving
directions and traffic conditions, enabling drivers to always keep their hands
on the wheel and eyes on the road. The solution uses Bluetooth to connect users'
laptops and cell phone devices.
"True Hands Free means drivers can use their phones and laptops with simple
voice commands, enabling them to be productive while driving responsibly, eyes
on the road, hands on the wheel," Michael Orr, MobileAria CEO, said.
"Unlike some other telematics concepts, which have yet to fully
materialize, MobileAria's service is live and available this year with
comprehensive productivity applications."
The demo cars - a BMW 525, VW
Cadillac DeVille and Ford Explorer - are currently being shown to
telecommunications carriers, automobile manufacturers and retailers, automotive
equipment suppliers, retail distribution channels, the media and industry
analysts. When launched to the public,
MobileAria's True Hands Free service will be available for use in any car as an
For details on MobileAria see the Automotive Applications
N66:Ericsson expects Bluetooth Boom in 2002
According to Maria Khorsand, head of Ericsson
Technology Licensing she expects the market to take off tremendously in
Bluetooth has been promoted since 1998 as an open standard for short-range,
wireless transmission of digital data between devices after Ericsson invented
the technology in 1994. In the beginning the development of Bluetooth suffered
from high costs, compatibility problems and complexity, but as more devices use
Bluetooth technology, the cost of making chips for the products are strongly
reducing. Ericsson claims to have about two-thirds of the market of Bluetooth- enabled
consumer products. All mobile phones may be equipped with Bluetooth functions by
2005, Khorsand said.
Details of Ericsson's Bluetooth products can be found on the Access
Points, Routers and Infrastructure, Applications
Software, Development Kits,
Developer Tools, Headsets,
IP for Silicon, Mobile
Phones, Protocol Stack, Training
N65:Nokia announce new Bluetooth Mobile Phones
Nokia have just released a new Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, the 7650.
Nokia's new 7650 model features GSM, HSCSD and GPRS
support, as well as an integrated digital camera plus support for WAP,
Bluetooth, SyncML, IR, e-mail, J2ME and MMS. Picture.
The Nokia 7650 will be the world's first 2.5G Symbian OS mobile phone with
advanced messaging and imaging capabilities, featuring an inbuilt camera,
enhanced user interface and a large color display.
"The wireless industry has been waiting for a new type of mobile phone to
drive home the benefits of advanced data services. The Nokia 7650, based on the
advanced, open Symbian OS, heralds the arrival of this next generation of mobile
phone and sets a fresh direction for the industry. A world's first in terms of
its multimedia messaging capability, the Nokia 7650 is also the first always
connected Symbian OS phone to be squarely targeted at the mass consumer
market," said Colly Myers, CEO, Symbian.
Nokia has announced that the Nokia 7650 will be available in Europe and Asia
during Q2, 2002, which most likely indicates that this specific model is
dual-band GSM only, which is somewhat disappointing considering the phone's
other features that would make it an ideal candidate for tri-band hungry
As well as this, in a separate announcement, Nokia unveilved the 6510, a mobile
phone with support for GPRS, HSCSD, Bluetooth, WAP, FM radio and a mobile wallet
and the 5210, with a robust shell and form factor designed for tough conditions,
and Bluetooth products such as a handsfree kit, car kit and PC connectivity
Expect to see details of the Nokia 7650 to be added soon...
See Nokia Press Release.
N64:Mini PCI card to support Bluetooth and 802.11b
Wistron Neweb has developed a Mini PCI Type IIIa module for notebook PCs that
combines support for both 802.11b and Bluetooth version 1.1 wireless networking
The module is among the first to be released in an expected onslaught of cards
that will offer support for different wireless networking protocols by way of a
single add-in module. This in turn will allow PC makers to design thinner and
lighter laptops with built-in wireless networking capabilities.
Wistron Neweb's 802.11b/Bluetooth module is currently available in the US for
around $70 (£49) per unit on orders of 10,000. Notebooks that include the
module are expected to appear on the market early next year.
N63:RTX Telecom signs agreement with LitePoint Corporation
to promote in US
RTX Telecom has signed a representation agreement with LitePoint Corporation to
promote the services and technologies of RTX Telecom in the United States.
Wireless Partnerships, a LitePoint division, will be promoting RTX Telecom's
development solutions in the US market within the areas of Bluetooth, 2.4GHz,
DECT and CDMA, as well as other emerging wireless technologies.
For more details go to the press
For more details on RTX's various Bluetooth solutions go to the Access
Points, Routers and Infrastructure, Consultancy,
Design Solutions, Development
Kits, Headsets, IP
for Silicon, Mobile Phones, Test
Equipment, USB Dongles pages.
N62: Red-M releases Genos
Genos will allow companies and service providers to
plan and build large, multi-site wireless networks where users can roam between
networks, regardless of location and technology. Genos will handle multiple
wireless technologies, including Bluetooth and IEEE 802.11x. The software has
also focused on a number security features.
For more details go to the Security Software
N61: Bluetooth Developers' Conference - Medical Applications of
Bluetooth Developers' Conference happens 11-13th December at the Moscone
Centre, San Francisco. One of the exciting developments to be aired
at the event is the advancing potential for Bluetooth in the medical
marketplace, where getting rid of the wires can add real benefit to the prospect
of survival ! Watch out for the paper by Bill Salzstein of CodeBlue...
N60:Add Your Company to
The Wireless Directory
Over the last month an important enhancement to
The Wireless Directory has appeared - a company
directory and a new company
add form to make it a lot easier to find companies involved in Bluetooth and
for companies to add themselves to The Wireless Directory. Please make use of this new facility to add your company to
The Wireless Directory
N59:TDK to ship its Bluetooth BlueM clip-on for Palm Handhelds
TDK have announced that they will be shipping it BlueM clip-on device for
The BlueM weighs just 1-ounce, has a thin design and slides
onto the back of the Palm, connecting via the port on the bottom of the
handheld. It allows the device to communicate with any Bluetooth-enabled device
such as PC's and mobile phones.
The BlueM is on show at the Comdex trade
show in Las Vegas but is already shipping in Europe. It will appear on shelves
in the U.S. by the end of this month, TDK spokesperson Alison Merifield says,
where it will be priced at $199.
Click here for
details on the BlueM from TDK Systems.
TDK Systems also have other Bluetooth solutions on the PC
Cards, PDA Accessories, USB
N58:Audiovox to unveil Bluetooth-GPRS Phone
Audiovox Communications Corporation have unveiled a
GPS-enabled third-generation (3G) wireless handset that incorporates Bluetooth
The company said its 9155GPX handset is a tri-mode CDMA 1XRTT
device. The company said that the handset complies with the U.S. Federal
Communication Commission's E-911 directives. the device supports Internet access
speeds up to 153 Kbps. It includes a Web browser and supports Short Message
Service (SMS) messaging.
The company said it would release the device in conjunction
with the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The handset will retail for $299.
N57:Bluetooth at Comdex
Following recent events Comdex was much smaller than in past years, but with a move away from
the focus on PC's towards the wireless industry and a whole host of devices, with
the message being 'get ready for the new mobile network era'. After years of hype, visions of a wireless, always-connected world
are no longer the stuff of imagination.
At the Comdex trade show, Bluetooth was much in evidence, clearly becoming more widely available alongside WiFi. "This stuff is real now,'' boasted Simon Ellis, chairman of
Bluetooth SIG, Inc., the industry standards organisation, and IBM Corp. saying
its revenues from wireless business products and services will surpass more than
$1 billion in 2001. It is expected that in home usage will account for much of the wireless
networking market as more get multiple PCs and high-speed broadband connections.
It can cost as little as $500 to outfit a single three-computer home.
At Comdex, visitors toyed with Bluetooth-enabled cordless
headsets designed to work with cell phones. Also on show were printers from
Hewlett-Packard that accepted print jobs from a Bluetooth-enabled handheld.
Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola all now have cell phones with
Bluetooth built-in or included as part of a special battery.
One of the products that created the most interest was the Bluetooth digital
camera from Sony Corp. that will be out next February.
Analysts estimate the current cost of Bluetooth at about $13,
and that modules will reach a sweet-spot price of $5 by 2003. Swedish company Spirea,
one exhibitors at the Bluetooth pavilion, said it will be selling a $2.50
Bluetooth radio chip next year. By comparison, current prices for WiFi
components are about $30-$40, says Allied Business Intelligence.
With more than 2500 companies now supporting the Bluetooth
standard, proponents like Joyce Putscher, a Cahners In-Stat analyst, predict
there will be hundreds of millions of Bluetooth-enabled devices by 2005.
For details on Cahners In-Stat go to The Wireless Directory's market
For details on Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola Bluetooth cell phones go to The Wireless Directory's mobile phones page.
For details on Hewlett Packard Bluetooth printer go to The Wireless Directory's Printers
For details on Sony Corp's Bluetooth Camera go to The Wireless Directory's Cameras
N56:Bluetooth could reach Nightclubs - the electronic DJ
Artificial intelligence experts at Hewlett-Packard
have developed a computerised alternative to DJs. Its HPDJ software tailors
music to correspond to how clubbers are responding. The system monitors
reactions to certain sounds and uses this to create tracks designed to keep them
Each clubber is given a wristwatch-like device that monitors
their location, heart and perspiration rates and movement. The information is
then wirelessly transmitted to HPDJ using Bluetooth.
To create a new song, HPDJ modifies existing tracks in its
memory to correspond to how many people are on the dance floor and how
enthusiastically they are dancing.
Dave Cliff, of the company's Bristol research centre, says
that future incarnations will be linked to CD equipment, so that clubbers can
buy a recording of the night's set.
N55:Pico Communications pushing Bluetooth as Wireless LAN
It seems that Pico have not listened to the official view
that 802.11 is a wireless LAN, while Bluetooth is for cable replacement. Comdex exhibitor Pico Communications' philosophy is that
802.11 isn't for all wireless networking applications, and you should consider
Bluetooth in certain scenarios. Pico is demonstrating its Bluetooth-based
wireless access point which provides LAN access to mobile devices.
The reason, according to Pico's director of product marketing
John Cook, lies in Bluetooth's substantially lower power requirements.
"This makes it ideal for PDAs, cell phones, and other devices where
battery-life is an important consideration," says Cook.
Details of Pico Communications can be found on the Access Points, Routers and Infrastructure
N54:Palm upgrades their OS, but no Bluetooth yet
Handheld computer maker Palm has started selling a new version of its
operating system, the Palm OS 4.1, but has pushed back the availability of their
own Bluetooth solution on Palm.
Palm had said when it introduced the m500 handheld last March that the Bluetooth
module would be available by year's end. However, Palm executives said on Monday that a Secure Digital expansion card
that enables Palm devices to use short-range Bluetooth wireless communications
technology will not be on the market this year, as was planned.
For details of the original press release and Palm at Comdex click
N53:Bandspeed joins Bluetooth SIG
Austin-based Bandspeed provides a portfolio of
transceiver chipsets and software for wired and wireless broadband
communications has joined the Bluetooth SIG and is now a member of the
Coexistence / Interoperability Work Group, their press release states. As a member
of the work group, Bandspeed will participate in adoption of standards-based
software and hardware for wireless connectivity devices.
"Our invitation to membership in the work group is
validation that our technology is unique and can make a specific contribution to
wireless markets," Bandspeed CEO Michael Luther says. "Bandspeed is
excited to be enabling Bluetooth to interoperate with other wireless
Details of Bandspeed's products can be found on the Semiconductors
- Baseband & Controllers page.
N52:Primate Systems release Monkey Messenger for Pocket PCs for SMS using
Primate Systems has released MonkeyMessenger for
Pocket PCs, the first PPC SMS client that supports sending and receiving of SMS
messages using both IR and Bluetooth.
"With MonkeyMessenger, my Ericsson T39 and a Bluetooth-enabled Jornada, or
iPAQ, i can send and receive SMS from my Pocket PC without taking my mobile
phone out of my pocket.", said David Kinsella, Director of Marketing and
Sales for Primate Systems. Future development from the company includes a line
of Bluetooth connectivity software for the Pocket PC, including the popular
MonkeyTone and MonkeyLogo applications, as well as support for GPRS mobile
MonkeyMessenger is available for download at Primate System's website for $24.95
Primate Systems press release.
Details of Primate System's products can be found on the Applications
Software and Retailers pages.
N51:Fujitsu licences Parthus' Bluetooth Platform
Japanese electronics group Fujitsu have licenced Irish
chip designer Parthus to provide it with the Bluetooth platform.
Fujitsu hopes to use the licenced bluetooth technology in next years
automobiles and mobile phones. After the deal was announced, Parthus saw its shares rise by 9 per cent.
Parthus press release.
Parthus Bluetooth solutions can be found on the IP for Silicon
Fujitsu Bluetooth solution can be found on the Access Points, Routers and Infrastructure.
PC Cards pages.
N50:Visteon show off BMW 3 Series with Bluetooth between car and home
Visteon Corp. recently showed off a BMW 3 Series
equipped with Bluetooth, a wireless technology that allows data transfer between
and among digital devices and your car or home. In the Visteon-BMW case, the
technology allows drivers to use Bluetooth-equipped cell phones in their car
hands-free without a docking station or headset.
A Bluetooth microchip and antenna in the car relays cell phone
signals using an ultra-low radio frequency and broadcasts it over the speakers
in the car. When a call is received the radio mutes and a button on the steering
wheel is pressed to take the call. Drivers can talk normally without taking
their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.
A driver in the middle of a conversation can leave the car,
push a button and transfer the call to the cell phone, or vice versa if carrying
on a phone conversation when entering into the car. The signal is transferred
from the phone to the car without interruption.
Chrysler has announced plans to offer dealer-installed
Bluetooth systems on its 2002 model year cars and trucks. And Visteon says
Bluetooth will show up in cars, sport/utilities and trucks from several
manufacturers starting next year. Ford is offering a hands-free phone system in
2002 vehicles, while General Motors equips its cars and trucks with its own
OnStar communications system.
Details of Visteon's products can be found on Automotive
N49:Sony produce Bluetooth Notebooks
Sony has produced its first notebook computers incorporating Bluetooth.
The two ultra-portable Vaios feature fully-integrated
Bluetooth modules, antennae and software. The SR31K features a 750Mhz Mobile Pentium III processor with SpeedStep,
128Mb Ram (upgradable to 256Mb) and a 15Gb hard drive. The 10.4in display is
powered by an 8Mb Savage S3 graphics chipset. Whilst the smaller PCG-C1VFK is equipped with a 667Mhz Transmeta Crusoe processor,
specifically designed to achieve high performance with lower power consumption.
According to industry tests, the Bluetooth notebooks take about a minute to assign an IP address
and exchange information at about 500Kbps when within a couple of metres range, but
this figure drops as they are moved apart. At a distance of ~12 metres
the connection was lost. The transfer speed was less than the 1Mbps Bluetooth
limit, but should be fast enough for most. Apparently however the notebooks can only connect to an IP address if it is another Vaio running
BlueSpace. If correct such compatibility issues will severely limit the
Details of Sony's other Bluetooth solutions can found on The Wireless Directory's Cameras
and Mobile Phones pages.