Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Inc. announced it has been qualifying, on average, over ten new Bluetooth wireless products each week during the quarter ending 31 December 2001, bringing the total number of qualified products to over 500. A number of these products are now commercially available in Europe, Asia and the United States. Nearly half of the 133 new products qualified last quarter include mobile phone, computing and other consumer electronics products. The remainder of the products qualified during the quarter were the critical chips, software and development tools from which equipment manufacturers can build their own Bluetooth wireless products.
â€œThe Bluetooth wireless initiative continues to thrive, both in the introduction of consumer products and the equally important area of development tools and components,â€ said Michael McCamon, chairman of the Bluetooth SIG marketing committee. â€œDevelopers have responded favourably to the stability of the Bluetooth wireless specification and together we are tracking towards our ultimate objective of providing users with an easy-to-use, standardized means for wirelessly connecting their electronics products.â€
Also this week the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. publicly announced the formation of its Interoperability Task Force. This group, which began meeting late last year, is exploring ways to further improve the interoperability and usability of products equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology. â€œContinuously improving interoperability between products continues to be a core initiative for the Bluetooth SIGâ€ added McCamon.
Another indication of developer interest in the Bluetooth wireless specification was the level of participation in the most recent Bluetooth SIG Unplugfest hosted in Asia. In late January, nearly 350 engineers tested over 150 different products at the quarterly Bluetooth SIG Unplugfest in Hong Kong. The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. sponsors Unplugfests each quarter as a forum for developers to test interoperability and compatibility with the Bluetooth Specification.
To date, there are over 500 qualified products. Work continues among the Bluetooth Promoter and Associate member companies to add additional applications to the Bluetooth wireless specification. In-depth updates to the Bluetooth SIG membership and the development community regarding these efforts are planned at the upcoming annual Bluetooth Congress to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 11-14 June, 2002.
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