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Simon Gawne, Vice President and co-founder of Red-M,
commented: "Red-M's mantra has remained consistent since day one, to lead
the wireless communications industry in every respect, particularly in terms of
innovation. Red-M has firmly stamped its credentials upon the market over the
past 18 months with a number of groundbreaking products and technologies - the
1050AP access point product strictly adheres to our focus on
The partnership with the Mexicans was made public one month ago. In the last month we have reconsidered the deal with PenMex Fåraehus explained today in a conference call. For at least a year now, Anoto and C Technologies have been in talks for a merger. Fåraehus added that PenMex has not taken any legal steps for a damages claim.
The new group will take on the name Anoto. Funding will be in the form of a new share issue worth 47,2 million. The figure is 20 million less than the 66.3 million capital increase that the sole startup would have received if the deal with PenMex had gone through. However, according to Fåraehus the fresh capital will be sufficient to reach profitability in first half of 2003.
Ericsson, which will take part to the new share issue, is due to become Anotos majority shareholder with a 24 per cent stake. Jan Uddenfeldt, Vice President Technology of Ericsson, said in a statement that Anotos concept, based on the Bluetooth short-range communications standard, is in line with the mobile internet strategy of the Swedish giant. Anoto connects pen and paper with mobile communication enabling operators to create services that take the present success of SMS further, added Uddenfeldt.
Beside Ericsson, main Anotos shareholders
will include the US-based investment firm Capital Group (12 per cent) and Fåraehus
(10 per cent). Other investors include mainly Nordic investment funds. On
Thursday C Technologies shares in Stockholm registered a 5 per cent increase to
A system using short range radio waves to link laptops and palm pilots to the internet will be installed in hotels, restaurants and universities on Friday as part of a test run. Users will be able to switch on their laptops and connect to the internet without having to plug into a phone line.
The Manchester scheme, launched today at the city's International Finance and Enterprise Week, is known as Speedwave and will go live in 70 sites in the city from February. It could be extended to the public sector services.
Philip Coen, chairman of the Manchester communications firm,
Netario, who developed the service with Swedish partners, said: "All the
major telecoms players payed around £26bn in licences to the government last
year to allow people access to the net at high speed using mobile phones. But
the telecoms were not planning to offer this for another two years."
The software company also announced that Siemens and Socket Communications are both creating Bluetooth products around the software built into Windows CE .Net, as it is called. Bluetooth is a short-range radio technology used for connecting digital gadgets and PCs, and has started to build up steam with the release of a range of products this year.
"Bluetooth will enable a broad range of new applications for mobile devices, and being qualified by the Bluetooth SIG helps assure OEMs using Windows CE .Net that their devices will be interoperable with the wide range of other Bluetooth devices," said Keith White, senior director of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft, in a statement.
This move by Microsoft to get Windows CE Bluetooth
qualification seems in direct contrast to Windows XP which the company decided
not to include Bluetooth drivers on. This move by Microsoft confirms the opinion
of The Wireless Directory and other market analysts that Bluetooth is not dead but will realize
it's full potential.
Transilica, a San Diego, California-based Bluetooth chip developer, is to double Microtune's revenues to $120m (about £84m) for 2002, Microtune said. Microtune will issue 19.99 percent of its outstanding shares in exchange for all Transilica stock and stock options. The deal is expected to be completed next month.
Microtune will compete with companies like the UK's Cambridge
Silicon Radio (CSR) who are already established in the market.
All the companys previous investors and two new venture capital funds participated in these rounds: TAT Investmentst, Banexi Ventures, Innoventure Capital, Cantonal Bank of Vaud, Yasuda Enterprise Development and Vontobel European Ventures. Also other existing shareholders and Xemics management took part to the new round.
This additional funding will allow us to
complete our family of ultra low-power Bluetooth solutions for Personal Area
Networks and to expand our market presence, especially in the USA and in the Far
East, said in a statement Alain Dantec, CEO of Xemics.
The PX20 creates new uses in new applications, in particular for industrial users. It gives access to the Internet and intranet via handheld computers, smart phones and other Bluetooth-equipped, battery-efficient devices.
Following field tests in Sweden and other countries, Possio is launching the PX20 at Comdex in November as the first of a portfolio of products to be released this winter (2001-2002). The PX20 is a standardized and independent communications solution that combines Bluetooth and WLAN in a single device. The price is likely to be similar to that of a sophisticated WLAN access node.
For full details from Possio's original press release click
The latest member of the Red-M Blade family of products enables users of the
Handspring Visor Platinum, Edge, Prism, Pro & Neo to connect to a Bluetooth
mobile phone to enable access to the Internet, email, calendar and other data.
The Red-M Blade can also identify and connect with other authorized Bluetooth
devices, such as a PC or Bluetooth in-building network for wireless access and
"Competition for these grants was incredibly
intense," said Joseph J. Seneca, university vice president for academic
affairs. "It is affirming to see the quality of our proposals and our
faculty recognized at this highest level of competition."
The team will also develop prototypes on networks of embedded
systems and handheld devices using Bluetooth, the new short-range wireless
There will be ten times as many Bluetooth devices as wireless LAN nodes, according to analyst Lars Godell; but Wireless LAN (WLAN) will dominate for PC access, especially in public "hot spots" like airports and railway stations.
The forecast number of Bluetooth phones and PDAs means "Bluetooth will outnumber WLAN by ten to one in 2006--235 million Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, PDAs and laptops, versus 22 million WLAN-enabled devices," predicts Godell.
With a few Nordic exceptions, Europe's telcos haven't moved out of the trial mode with WLAN services and Bluetooth isn't even on their radar screens," according to Godell. He says they must "wake up, and take part in the hotspot land grab now, before the most attractive hotspot locations and most lucrative business customers have been taken by competitors like MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) and new wireless ISPs (WISPs)."
The Forrester report dismisses recent pronouncements by some pundits who have expressed scepticism about Bluetooth. Wireless LAN will reach most notebook PCs, but "Bluetooth will go everywhere else, becoming the preferred choice for mobile phones, PDAs, and consumer gadgets, and winning on cost, power consumption and support for real-time applications like voice," says Godell.
In 2006, the report predicts, Bluetooth will be present in 73
percent of phones and 44 percent of PDAs. It will rule device-to-device
communication, enabling seamless communication between phones, printers, PDAs
and scanners in the office and between phones, smart home control units, TVs and
VCRs in the home, as well as delivering powerful vertical solutions.
$5 chips are seen as a crucial factor if the
short-range wireless specification is to be taken up by PC, PDA and handset
makers, and last month, Broadcom said that it had broken the $5 barrier (see N23) with a Bluetooth radio chip that can be integrated with other firm's
baseband chips. "There are many big customers in the cellphone market
that we are working with that are not sure this is the right way to go,"
David Shefler, business development manager at TI. Some would rather work with
an integrated baseband controller, which the sub-$5 TI chipset offers. "Our
RF-only solution is below $3," he added.
TI expects the Bluetooth chipset market to really take off in
2002, when it expects to ship 30 million to 60 million Bluetooth chipsets. The
firm is also working on more fully integrating its chipset so that the
functionality can be offered on a single chip.
The MSM5100, the first Bluetooth-compliant chipset it has shipped, is to be included in over 50 cellphone models by third-party manufacturers.
The MSM1500 has been designed to comply with Qualcomm's Code
Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 2000 1x cellular network standard, which
facilitates the delivery of high-speed wireless Internet data and increased
network voice capacity. The firm believes the chipset can support data downloads
of up to 307 kb per second, which would be five times faster than dial-up
landline modems - fast enough for streaming video applications.
Ericssons Bluetooth wireless earphones have not yet been sold in the country, the Oct. 11 Beijing Chenbao (Beijing Morning Post) reported.
Zhang Yinghong, a manager at Ericsson (China) Co., said that products made with Bluetooth wireless technology are difficult to replicate. He noted that the earphones currently being sold are defective, and they are not covered by repair warranties.
Over a month ago, Ericsson launched a Bluetooth wireless cellphone in China with the model number T39MC. The cellphone includes a handset and a Bluetooth wireless earphone. Although the government approved the sale of the product on the Chinese market only recently, many customers saw it on the market a month ago.
Industry insiders said that some businesspeople who saw the great potential for Bluetooth wireless earphones bought the product from Hong Kong, made very cheap replicas and then sold them in Beijing at a higher price than the real Ericsson products.
A majority of these Bluetooth wireless earphones are fake, and
the rest are smuggled, they said.
"We've focused strongly on interoperability," said
Managing Director Nick Hunn. "Users can travel light with our products in
their pocket or briefcase and then just clip them onto their PDA or laptop to
connect to other Bluetooth devices and exchange data." The company will be
exhibiting the range at the SMAU trade fair in Milan.
N33:Bluelabs and Free2Move announce partnership for Bluetooth development
"By cooperating with BlueLabs, we can provide complete solutions to the market," says Per-Arne Wiberg, President of Free2Move. "We selected BlueLabs as a partner because of its high level of competence and experience in the development of high-technology systems."
"By cooperating with Free2Move, we can cut development times in our projects by utilizing fully developed technology," says Otto Lilja, Bluetooth Project Manager at BlueLabs. "We anticipate great potential in the development of Bluetooth-based systems and are now beginning to see many interesting Bluetooth products. In particular, we can expect to see many new Bluetooth applications in the industrial sector in the near future."
Interest in the products Free2Move has developed to date is
great and they are being used in a number of customer applications, as evident
at this weeks Scandinavian Technical Fair in Stockholm.
In an announcement, the group said that the hands-free profile is the first of several application-level specifications that the working group is expected to deliver, although it provided no details about what those enhancements to the Bluetooth specification will be.
For the original Bluetooth SIG press release of the news click here.
N30:Global Communications Devices raise $15.6 Million for financing further
"This software package will help the Bluetooth industry
increase the number of Bluetooth products," says Maria Khorsand, President
at Ericsson Technology Licensing. The implementation costs are reduced by using
only one processor, for the application and for the software that enables
Bluetooth functionality. The software package targets small Bluetooth-enabled products,
like headsets, computer accessories and industrial applications.
The WatchPad 1.5, a wristwatch-sized device measuring 2.5 by 1.8 by .6 inches and weighing 1.5 ounces, runs Linux on a 32-bit ARM processor at a maximum speed of 74 MHz. It has 8MB of DRAM and 16MB of flash memory, a speaker and a microphone. It has a reflective monochrome liquid crystal display QVGA screen, a fingerprint recognition device for security, and a sensor that detects the user's hand movements.
IBM unveiled its first-generation WatchPad 1.0 prototype last year, and has since exhibited it at a number of trade shows. Further developments on the watch have been to reduce it's power consumption, and increase processor speed.