The much heralded and long delayed Bluetooth boom is just around the corner, according to Dataquest expert Stan Bruederie.
Speaking at the Bluetooth developers' conference in San Francisco, Bruederie explained that the technology, which enables wireless connections between notebooks, handhelds and printers, is starting to reach "critical mass", and that he expected a long list of products to be released next year.
"It is becoming clear that Bluetooth is set to appear in many devices. The manufacturers have gone from cautious conservative mode to an expansive inclusive mode," he said. "We think 2003 will be a really big year for Bluetooth."
But this is not the first time that Bluetooth has been touted as 'arriving soon'. In fact, many analysts had predicted 2001 as Bluetooth's debut year.
Delays in getting products to market, the industry slow down and interest in the rival 802.11b wireless technology had led some to believe that the product was doomed.
However, Dataquest predicts that Bluetooth demand will result in the release of 36 million chipsets next year rising to 186 million in 2003. Another analyst, Cahner's In-Stat, said that Bluetooth could ship as much as 780 million chipsets by 2005.
In a recent report, Cahner's maintained that the only reason Bluetooth was held up was unexpected product delays and the fact that Microsoft didn't include it in its new Windows XP operating system.
Microsoft announced this week that it would back Bluetooth by the summer of 2002.
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