"Big-name backers of the new Bluetooth short-range wireless
standard joined in a love fest at Europe's largest technology trade
show this week, but startups and VCs say lots of cool Bluetooth
activity is going on behind the scenes."
"A flurry of announcements came out this week at CeBIT, Europe's
largest tech show. Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERICY) showed off a wireless
screen phone that uses Bluetooth to deliver email and Internet
access over a phone. Palm ran a demo showing one of its handheld
devices remotely accessing a PC and trading messages with another
device. Alcatel (NYSE: ALA) joined the fray of chip makers with a
single-chip Bluetooth solution. And a bevy of partnerships were
announced, such as a venture between Fuji (Nasdaq: FUJIY) and Nokia
(NYSE: NOK) to transmit still images between digital cameras and
"With so much activity, you might get the impression that
Bluetooth products are right around the corner. Actually, that's
what Bluetooth proponents were promising just last year. But
analysts say the market won't take off for at least another year.
For example, the Alcatel chip won't ship in volume until early
2001, and Palm won't ship anything until the "second half" of this
year, and it hasn't committed to delivering a device with Bluetooth
embedded in it. (The prototype it showed at CeBIT was a clip-on
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