Motorola has struck a deal to supply its Bluetooth wireless technology to IBM and Toshiba for use in their PCs.
The company has begun shipping PCMCIA cards and accessories to enable notebook computers to support Bluetooth technology.
Bluetooth is short-distance radio standard that enables devices such as PCs, laptops and mobile phones to communicate at distances of up to 10 metres.
Motorola's products are add-ons that allow hardware to exchange information such as data, voice, audio and video, without the use of wires or infra-red technologies.
Analysts calculate that there will be around 700 million electronic devices with Bluetooth technology across the world by 2005. The market for Bluetooth semiconductors could also balloon to $3.5bn at the same time.
Tony Kobrinetz, vice president and general manager for Motorola's personal networks group, declined to say when IBM and Toshiba will begin reselling the accessories, but said Motorola expects to sell Bluetooth adapters later this year. These will be for its current mobile phones but the company also plans to integrate the technology into the next generation of its phones.
The company also plans to produce Bluetooth-enabled processors, which are slated for introduction later this year.
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