||Ericsson starts a
project to study inexpensive interface between cellular phones
and their accessories
||IBM, Intel, Nokia
and Toshiba form Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)
||At CTIA, great
excitement with over 1000 companies in the Bluetooth SIG.
Conceptual framework - no products, no specifications
||Version 1.0b of
Bluetooth specifications released
prototypes based on version 1.0b available
||Less enthusiasm than
the previous year. A few products being demonstrated - Compaq
released card. Some SDKs released
||Version 1.1 of
specifications released. Bluetooth radios in $30-40 range - More
PC cards announced. Bluetooth server products in trade shows -
No products for customers to buy.
integrated Bluetooth expected in the market - cost and prices
of Bluetooth-enabled devices will still stay somewhat high.
Downward spiral will at this time. .
||Most advanced 2.5G
and 3G smart phones with Bluetooth; some PDAs with Bluetooth
||Radio prices for
vendors expected to go down to $5-10 - more widespread -
Enterprise and home users may start buying Bluetooth-enabled
devices. Limited replacement of fixed wiring with
||Bluetooth may start
having major impact on short-distance networking and accessory
||Source : -eweek
magazine with modifications by MobileInfo.com