Palm Readying Bluetooth SDK
Palm has developed a Bluetooth Software Development Kit (SDK) to allow application developers and hardware manufactures to incorporate this short-range wireless standard into their products. The company recently got certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for a Bluetooth 1.1 compatible stack.
Palm's Bluetooth SDK includes add-on software for OS 4 to allow handhelds running it to use Bluetooth and the tools developers need to make products. It is not yet available.
The Palm Bluetooth Stack includes the following components:
- Add-on software for Palm OS 4.x
- A certified Bluetooth 1.1 compatible stack
- A Bluetooth Virtual Driver (Serial)
- A Bluetooth Exchange Library
- A Bluetooth developer API
- Sample Host Controller Interface (HCI) hardware drivers
- User interface components necessary for discovery, configuration, pairing, passkey entry, sending data, and more
- New software components, samples, and test tools and applications in the Palm Software and Product Development Kits
Several Bluetooth add-on modules for the Palm V series have been announced in the past few months.
Sony is expected to have a Bluetooth Memory Stick available soon.
Bluetooth is the name of a short-range radio frequency (RF) technology that replaces cables. Bluetooth allows computers, peripherals, and other devices to communicate with each other without having a physical connection, or direct line-of-sight with each other, and without needing extra communication protocols. Bluetooth technology operates at 2.4 GHz and is capable of transmitting voice and data. The effective range of Bluetooth devices is 32 feet (10 meters). Bluetooth transfers data at the rate of 1 Mbps, which is from three to eight times the average speed of parallel and serial ports, respectively. Bluetooth technology allows users to create a PAN (Personal Area Network) in which they can synchronize data with handhelds and PCs, and access data and E-mail on handhelds remotely with the use of a Bluetooth enabled cellular phone.
Thanks to Wim Huizinga for the tip. -Ed
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