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LinuxDevices.com: Ericsson and Red Hat collaborate on home communications

Aug 02, 2000, 02:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

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"Ericsson and Red Hat have unveiled a strategic initiative to develop a broad range of technologies, products, and services for home communications. The first tangible results of the partnership will emerge when the Ericsson Cordless Screen Phone (unveiled at CeBIT, last February) begins shipping towards year end. The joint effort aims to exploit the emerging market opportunity for Linux-based information appliances and mobile devices. The move is part of Ericsson's broad vision of "anywhere, anytime communication" technologies and products."

"Frank McGhee, Ericsson vice president of business development, describes the Ericsson Cordless Screen Phone as "a wireless web pad with a built-in phone and Bluetooth wireless technology for in-home use" (see photo). "Basically," says McGhee, "it's a Linux platform. You can surf the web, check your email, and send voice clips." Oh yes: it makes phone calls, too."

"Unlike an ordinary cordless phone, the Ericsson device communicates with its base station via Bluetooth, a short-range spread spectrum wireless technology championed by makers of cell phones, PDAs, and other portable devices. Currently, Bluetooth range is limited to approximately 10 meters, which is somewhat restrictive for a relatively expensive product that is intended to be used throughout a home. But help is on the way, according to McGhee, who says Ericsson is in the process of extending Bluetooth's range to 100 meters through increases in both transmit power and receive sensitivity."

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