Connectivity Briefs: Palmsource, 3Com, AMD, 4D, Progress Software

Connectivity Briefs: Palmsource, 3Com, AMD, 4D, Progress Software

Bluetooth aches eased

PalmSource, the operating system arm of Palm, and BVRP Software Group, a mobile middleware software vendor, have announced solutions that will make Bluetooth devices simpler for the end user to operate. Currently, users need to install and configure drivers to make the phone look like an Internet device, so that the operating system can recognise it. The phone also needs to be set up to act as a modem. BVRP this month unveiled its Mobile PhoneTools software, which simplifies this process. PalmSource made a similar Bluetooth interoperability announcement at the same time, confining itself, however, to Sony/Ericsson phones and any Palm OS device using Bluetooth.

3Com embeds Secure

Secure Computing and 3Com have teamed up to boost the security factor of 3Com's new range of embedded firewall cards. 3Com's new products include a firewall PC card, a revamp of the existing Firewall Desktop PCI cards and Firewall Server PCI cards, and a new version of the Embedded Firewall Policy Server. Secure Computing's technology plays a significant role in the range, which is designed to enable network managers to extend embedded firewall protection to remote users who connect to the network over a broadband VPN connection. The products are aimed at government departments, the finance sector, the healthcare sector and educational institutions.

AMD unit transforms

Building upon industry recognition of the Alchemy Semiconductor brand, AMD has rebranded its Personal Connectivity Solutions (PCS) unit as Alchemy Solutions. Alchemy Semiconductor made a name for itself with its high-performance, low-power, high-integration processors for connectivity devices. AMD acquired the company in February this year to bolster its expansion into the handheld market. The new brand will encompass Au core processors, wireless technologies, development boards and reference design kits.

4D charts extra dimension

4D Australasia's increased Australian presence is already paying dividends for the cross-platform database vendor, with the number of Australian and New Zealand users at more than 25,000 and climbing. The France-based company set up local operations in March and hopes to create a higher profile for the software here. 4D is also attracting the interest of developers such as LEAP Legal software, which produces software for more than 400 Australian legal firms.

Progress buys XML toolmaker

E-business technology provider Progress Software is purchasing XML (Extensible Markup Language) toolmaker eXcelon in a move that will allow the company to expand its e-business application integration products. Both companies' board of directors approved the $US24 million all-cash purchase, which is expected to close within 90 days, pending approval by eXcelon stockholders. The buy is aimed at accelerating the product strategy forged by Progress subsidiary Sonic Software, which launched a distributed standards-based integration product, SonicXQ, earlier this year. The integration of eXcelon's products will offer SonicXQ developers a richer toolset, Sonic Software said.

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