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IBM developerWorks: IBM brings Bluetooth one step closer to Linux

Jul 25, 2000, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Brody, Puneet Gupta)

[ Thanks for this link to jcondon, who notes that you can download BlueDrekar off alphaWorks from http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/bluedrekar?open&l=lnxtd,t=gr,p=bdrk. ]

"In an effort to catalyze the adoption of the Bluetooth wireless connectivity technology, IBM is releasing its BlueDrekar protocol stack, designed to satisfy the Bluetooth certification requirements and encourage development for the new technology. In addition to the BlueDrekar protocol stack, IBM is releasing its loadable Linux module of the Line Discipline Driver for the HCI UART Transport Layer under GNU license as a developerWorks project."

"The Bluetooth standard, named after the Viking King Harald Blaatand (Bluetooth) II, is a short-range wireless communication industry specification that allows portable, personal devices to interact which each other and other stationary devices. It primarily serves as a replacement for peripheral cables and other short-range wireless technologies like the infrared data access standard (IrDA). However, unlike IrDA, this technology uses the spread spectrum radio frequency, and therefore it supports omnidirectional multiple connections without even requiring communicating devices to be in line of sight."

"BlueDrekar, named after the Viking vessel, consists of a loadable module of the protocol stack for the Bluetooth wireless technology with open APIs with manual pages, as well as code samples illustrating how the driver can be used. This will allow developers to develop applications without having to develop their own protocol stack."

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