Over half of the key decision makers in the European telecoms industry believe Bluetooth technology will eventually dominate the short-range data transfer market in the home and business markets, a survey has found.
Bluetooth is designed to replace cables and infrared links and can reach distances of up to 10 metres. Products incorporating Bluetooth from major vendors including IBM and TDK are expected to go on sale later this year.
Findings from researcher Cambridge Consultants (CCL), which surveyed 37 senior executives, revealed 52 per cent of managing directors and chief technology officers from European telcos expect Bluetooth to emerge as the market leader in the workplace. Sixty-one per cent expect the technology to become the dominant product in the home.
Of those surveyed, 77 per cent said up to five Bluetooth products will appear in the average western home by 2002.
Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), a Bluetooth chip design company, said it was one of the first to develop a single-chip Bluetooth device. Glen Collinson, founder of CSR, said: "We will start to see applications such as wireless headsets for mobile phones this year, with cordless computer peripherals next year."
It has been suggested that the take-up of Bluetooth technology will be restricted by a lack of interoperability among manufacturers, but according to CCL, these problems will be solved within the next two months.
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