Just found this news at Jerome's my2cents.info: Unveiled at the Symbian Developer Expo, April 23-24, 2002 , London
EMTAC Technology Corp. with its global marketing partner ITOCHU Corporation and SiRF Technology, Inc. today announced the world's first integrated Bluetoothâ„¢ Wireless and GPS Receiver in one for mobile devices. The GPS Receiver will be able to wirelessly link with integrated Bluetooth mobile platforms like Smart Phones, PDA's, WebPAD's, Tablet PC's and DSC's. This adds GPS functionality to a whole new class of mobile devices. Now emerging markets such as mobile LBS (Location-Based Services), navigation, and fleet management can tap into state of the art GPS location awareness through a Bluetooth port. This frees the Bluetooth device from having to connect to GPS via a cable or embedding GPS into every product. "GPS and Bluetooth provide many synergies for our customers. EMTAC's new product is an exciting next step in realizing SiRF's vision of bringing location awareness to all mobile devices," Says Kanwar Chadha, V.P. of Marketing of SiRF Technology. This wireless GPS/Bluetooth receiver will be available in Asia Pacific, Europe, Japan and North America starting summer 2002.
The GPS/Bluetooth receiver achieves dramatically lower power consumption by using the latest SiRFstarIIeâ„¢/LP chipset technology from SiRF. Features include built-in battery operation, blue LED's that indicate status, and external power supply source from an optional mobile charger kit. The receiver supports NMEA0183 Ver.2.20 standard protocol and Bluetooth 1.1 (will be BQ certificated in summer 2002).
Interesting, pretty interesting. Wireless through wireless but hey, makes sense. I also access a mobile phone through Bluetooth and not my fixed line telephone. However, I wonder how the stand-by will looks like, on the Pocket PC and on the GPS receiver as well!
Cheers ~ Arne
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