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Companies agree to co-develop Bluetooth technology

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(IDG) -- 3Com and Extended Systems chose the third Bluetooth Unplugfest meeting in the high-tech setting of Sophia Antipolis in France to announce a deal to co-develop Bluetooth technology for Microsoft's Windows platforms.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will cooperate to deliver a suite of Bluetooth data management applications, protocol stacks, and hardware adapters to consumers, manufacturers, businesses, and OEM customers, 3Com said in a statement.

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Bluetooth is an evolving standard that uses low-power radio technology to enable ad-hoc networking between portable devices over a distance of up to 10 meters and at speeds of up to 700 Kbps.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based 3Com will use its Bluetooth hardware and the jointly developed Windows software suite to offer end-users a product for synchronizing and managing data between PCs and Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices. Extended Systems, in Boise, Idaho, will provide PC and handheld device manufacturers with Windows development kits, protocol stacks, and data management applications.

The deal will mean "immediate compatibility between personal computers enabled by 3Com's Bluetooth offerings and Palm handhelds," the statement reported Rick Maule, vice president and general manager of 3Com's Mobile Connectivity Division, as saying.

The Bluetooth Unplugfest -- the name is a play on the so-called "plug-fests," where manufacturers and developers gather to test the interoperability of one another's networking equipment by plugging it together -- is organized by the Bluetooth SIG (special interest group), which brings together 1,883 developers, manufacturers, and integrators of Bluetooth hardware and software. The Unplugfest runs through Friday.




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