Ericsson Technology, which helped found the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and was one of the first company to put Bluetooth consumer products into mass production, is now introducing a new way of packaging different elements needed for Bluetooth implementation.
With their “Suite” concept, Ericsson wants to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and semiconductor manufacturers with Bluetooth design solutions optimized for integration into mobile computing, communication and media devices. First to be introduced is the Bluetooth Mobile Phone Suite where new features such as PPEC, a voice improvement feature and the lowest possible power consumption, are included, according to Maria Khorsand, president of Ericsson Technology Licensing.
So far, Bluetooth wireless technology is only found in high-end mobile phones and a few mid-range phones, she said. This new way of optimizing the functionality for mobile phones makes it possible for OEM’s to implement Bluetooth functionality even in low-end mobile phones, Khorsand said. Introducing the Bluetooth Mobile Phone Suite is Ericsson’s way of offering the mobile phone industry a cost-efficient way to implement Bluetooth functionality.
Apple’s Bluetooth technology for Mac OS X, announced in March, will let customers wirelessly share files between Macs; synchronize and share contact information with Palm-OS based PDAs, including models from Sony and Palm; and access the Internet through Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, including models from Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola.