After a bit of a false start, Bluetooth products are gradually making their way into the market, with TDK announcing its first Bluetooth offering will be available in the channel by August.
TDK will launch Blue5 - a device developed in conjunction with Swedish technology group Tactel, which attaches to Palm V and Vx handhelds to provide wireless connectivity. The device is compatible with soon-to-be-released Bluetooth mobile phone offerings from both Nokia and Ericsson. It will allow users to access the Internet, intranets and e-mail applications easily and synchronises with notebook computers equipped with Bluetooth technology.
TDK is one of the founding members of industry group Bluetooth Consortium and was among the first companies to develop LAN and modem PC cards.
"TDK supplies components to most of the major GSM handset manufacturers. So our understanding of both PC and telecoms places us in a good position to develop solutions for the wireless market," explained TDK's national business manager for commercial products, Brett Campbell. "Blue5 is the first in a line of planned product releases utilising the new generation technology.