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DEVELOPMENT: Bluetooth audio splinters
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 17.12.03 - 17:30:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7267x
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Hmmm... This EE Times article doesn't sounds that good and reminds me on my previous Bluetooth experiences with my new Sony Notebook. Sounds a little bit as Bluetooth kills itself now!?

Computer and consumer engineers are taking separate paths to delivering audio over Bluetooth, raising the possibility of incompatible wireless MP3 players, headsets and speakers. The split comes as Bluetooth gains traction in its core market of cellular handsets and as it marshals forces for a next-generation spec that could deliver megabit data rates along with multimedia.

A handful of top consumer companies — including Matsushita, Philips, Sony and Toshiba — have defined a low-cost means for streaming audio to Bluetooth headsets, with plans to roll out products in 2004. At the same time, Microsoft and a group of unnamed OEMs are hammering out a different approach, based on the Internet Protocol (IP), to implement on the PC.

And I have to agree with Jason's conclusion "I wonder how the Bluetooth SIG could let this happen?". Well, that's a good question but well - it's what we already have with serial port profile implementations! :-(

Cheers ~ Arne

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