In a bid to breathe new life into the stuttering wireless comms market, Intel and its partners will this week announce the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
The goal of the group, which consists of Intel, IBM, Toshiba, Ericsson and Nokia, is to fine-tune technology for linking disparate devices via short-range radio, according to sources. This is a competing technology to the more common wireless LAN market.
At a cost of about $US5 per module, this radio-frequency solution from Intel is expected to be an inexpensive replacement for cables and other means of voice and data transfer suited for devices with small form factors.
The chip giant hopes the solution will enable ad hoc communications between different devices. Likely scenarios would include the sharing of information to various devices within a conference room.
In addition to the core group, a number of hardware and software vendors will come out in support of the technology. 3Com is expected to include the hardware/software solution in future versions of its PalmPilot product, sources said.