Mitsumi Electronics Corp.
has announced plans to ship Bluetooth Class 1 and Class 2 USB adaptors. The adapters will enable USB-equipped Macs and PCs to communicate with Bluetooth-equipped devices.
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Bluetooth is a short-range wireless Personal Area Networking (PAN) technology designed to enable peripheral devices to communicate with each other. First introduced to Mac users by Apple through a downloadable software update and a third-party USB adaptor last year, Bluetooth is gaining support as a standard system interface. The wireless technology is gaining speed among cell phone and PDA makers and makers of other devices, as well.
Mitsumi’s Bluetooth Class 1 USB Adaptor carries a suggested retail price of US$63.99. The interface can transfer data at speeds up to 732Kbps and operates at ranges up to 100 meters.
Mitsumi’s forthcoming Bluetooth Class 2 USB Adapter is designed to work at the same speed — 732Kbps — but it operates on a much shorter range — only about 10 meters. The Class 2 adapter only costs $39.99 however.
Both models support the Bluetooth v1.1 specification, according to Mitsumi, and they both work with Mac OS X 10.2. The company’s Web site noted that the Class 2 adaptor is now available; the Class 1 adaptor is expected to ship within 4 to 6 weeks.