More Bluetooth Solutions for Palm

BT_CombinationMark Silicon Wave, a supplier of Bluetooth solutions, is working with Palm Inc. on Bluetooth functionality for Palm handhelds. Both Palm and Silicon Wave are demonstrating Bluetooth wireless connectivity at the Bluetooth Congress in Monte Carlo this week. The Silicon Wave solution uses their Odyssey RF systems-on-chip to deliver full radio, digital logic and lower layer Bluetooth software to the Palm OS platform.

Unfortunately, this is a demonstration of a not yet released product. If we can dicover a projected release date, we'll let you know.

Silicon Wave is providing Palm with its Odyssey SiW015 Radio Modem IC, the SiW016 Link Controller IC, and lower layer Bluetooth protocol software. The SiW015 chip combines the transceiver, synthesizer, VCO and resonator functions with complete modem to deliver the most highly integrated solution for small size, light weight and low power consumption. Size, weight, and battery life are all critical design goals and the Odyssey solution delivers on all three. Bluetooth technology can allow mobile devices, including Palm handhelds, to access a wealth information from the Web, personal computing and communications systems, or from corporate networks without the need for cables. Additionally, data sharing and device control can be accomplished device-to-device, and from one device to as many as seven others, in a Bluetooth personal area network.

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Intel, Microsoft Developing Native Windows Bluetooth Support @ 6/13/2000 10:34:08 AM #
Intel and Microsoft said they will work together to build native support for Bluetooth wireless technology into Windows. They say they the native support will be released in the first half of 2001.

Besides adding native support for Bluetooth into Windows, the companies say they will develop a standard method for PC platforms to interface with Bluetooth. The companies said in a joint statement that they expect PC vendors to add that interface to their products.

"By working with Microsoft and major PC manufacturers to develop a detailed road map for native integration of the technology into the PC platform before it is available, we are helping to ensure the success of the Bluetooth technology," said Frank Spindler, vice president, Intel Architecture Group, and general manager, Mobile Platforms Group.



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