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(Updated on December 2, 1999)


December 1999 -- Microsoft joins Intel to boost BlueTooth, but devices won't talk for a while.

December 2 With 3Com, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft and Motorola joining the five founding member companies (Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba) of Special Interest Group (SIG) , BlueTooth development is expected to accelerate. This group of industry leaders will push for development and testing of interoperability, with the goal of getting handheld devises to talk to PCs.  SIG is also instrumental in administering the testing and certification process. 

BlueTooth is a low-cost radio frequency with voice and data capabilities enabling wireless communications for up to eight devices at a rate of 1MB per second and a range of up to 10 meters.  An increase range of 100 meters and interoperability reliability will be crucial to the advancement of the technology. 

For more information, go to http://www1.pcworld.com/pcwtoday/article/0,1510,14098,00.html  

MobileInfo Advisory and Comments : Mobile computing architects and planners should seriously look at this technology for future applications (2-4 year deployment horizon). Early adopters should  not expect fully functional devices until late 2000 or early 2001.

Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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