Palm Releases Beta of Bluetooth SDK
Palm, Inc. introduced early this morning a beta version of its Bluetooth Software Developer Kit (SDK). This will help developers to create applications that use this short-range wireless standard. The SDK has recieved approval from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as being compliant with the Bluetooth 1.1 specification. Palm also announced it is working with top Bluetooth hardware manufacturers, including Red-M, Northstar Systems and TDK Systems, to provide compatible hardware development kits.
The new beta version of the Palm Bluetooth SDK is available to Palm OS developers for free download at PalmOS.com. The SDK download offers a complete Bluetooth software solution, including the certified Palm Bluetooth 1.1 compatible stack, Palm Bluetooth API, configuration tools, documentation and sample code.
It is also offering the Palm's SDIO Bluetooth Hardware Development Kit (HDK) This contains two Palm SDIO Bluetooth Cards, a Palm Universal Connector serial cradle, and SDIO drivers, and is available for $200 worldwide through Palm's PluggedIn Program Expansion Parts Store.
The PluggedIn Program is a developer resource for Palm expansion solutions including Bluetooth. Developers need to join the free program and get approval from Palm in order to access the Expansion Parts Store.
Palm hasn't exactly bet the farm on Bluetooth but they have committed a great deal of time and effort to it. They plan to release the Bluetooth SD card to consumers in the near future and Palm-branded handhelds later this year with Bluetooth built in.
Just last week, the company announced that it had chosen Broadcom to supply Bluetooth chips for its next-generation handhelds.
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.
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