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Wireless Developers Plan to Meld Bluetooth

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 4 May 2005 22:26:05 -0400

By BRUCE MEYERSON AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wireless developers plan to work together to meld
Bluetooth, the short-range technology that links cell phones and
cordless headsets, with an emerging technology designed to beam video
and other large content short distances between TVs, home
entertainment systems and computers.

The plan, announced Wednesday, comes at a crucial time for Bluetooth.
After years of hype, the technology is finally becoming a mainstream
feature on mobile devices, only to be met with predictions it may soon
be supplanted by other technologies and disappear.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, a 3,400-member group whose
backers include Nokia Corp., Motorola Corp. and Intel Corp., said it
has begun working with two industry bodies developing rival versions
of the technology commonly referred to as ultra-wideband, or UWB.

The discussions with the WiMedia Alliance and the UWB Forum are very
preliminary, so it is unclear whether the collaboration will produce
an integrated platform combining Bluetooth with UWB. There are also
issues such as UWB regulatory approvals and signal interference with
other wireless technologies that need resolution.


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