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Underscoring its leadership in wireless networking See wireless network. , 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS COMS 3Com Corporation (stock symbol)
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3Com, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft and Motorola joined the five founding companies, Ericsson, Intel, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Nokia and Toshiba to form the Promoter Group of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is the body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers. (SIG).
Today's announcement builds on 3Com's strategy to develop wireless networking technologies that give people and businesses total network availability and secure access to voice, video, and data e-business applications, regardless of their physical location. 3Com is building on its leadership in all key areas -- carrier access, handheld access, PC connectivity and workgroup hubs and switches -- to deliver a complete set of high-speed, standards-based wireless solutions.
The charter of the Promoter Group is to lead the efforts of the Bluetooth SIG by creating a forum for enhancing the Bluetooth standard and providing a vehicle for interoperability The capability of two or more hardware devices or two or more software routines to work harmoniously together. For example, in an Ethernet network, display adapters, hubs, switches and routers from different vendors must conform to the Ethernet standard and interoperate with each other. testing.
The Bluetooth wireless communications wireless communications
System using radio-frequency, infrared, microwave, or other types of electromagnetic or acoustic waves in place of wires, cables, or fibre optics to transmit signals or data. standard is expected to re-define the personal communications market by expanding the capabilities of mobile devices both in and out of the office and to make these devices work better together. Bluetooth technology will provide an easier way for mobile communication and computing computing - computer devices to communicate with one another in their immediate vicinity without the need for wires or cables, creating a wireless Personal Area Network.
"The notion of seamlessly linking your phone, laptop and handheld device as you move from place to place seems futuristic fu·tur·is·tic
1. Of or relating to the future.
a. Of, characterized by, or expressing a vision of the future: futuristic decor.
b. , but the Bluetooth technology that enables these personal area networks is under development today at a lower cost than anyone expected," said Rick Bilodeau, director of marketing of 3Com's Wireless Connectivity Division. "3Com has a commitment to simplicity and innovation and ships more connections for mobile computers than any other company. Our Bluetooth products will meet the growing need for personal mobile devices that synchronize See synchronization. and communicate without cords and wires."
In the summer of 1998, the Bluetooth founding companies announced the public release of the Bluetooth 1.0 specification. Over the last 18 months, 3Com has been a lead adopter making significant contributions to the specification as well as chairing both the Networking Task Force and the Bluetooth Qualification Program. Today, over 1,200 companies support the Bluetooth technology, making it the de facto standard Hardware or software that is widely used, but not endorsed by a standards organization. Contrast with de jure standard.
de facto standard - A widespread consensus on a particular product or protocol which has not been ratified by any official standards body, such as ISO, for seamless wireless connectivity between mobile devices.
The magnitude and reach of the Bluetooth standard, as well as the emergence of new applications, led to the decision to broaden the group. The five founding members of the Bluetooth SIG announced on December 1st that 3Com, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft and Motorola joined them to form the Promoter group of the Bluetooth SIG. By working together, the nine promoter companies will combine their respective skills to help drive the program forward. There is unrivalled experience among the Promoter Group, which will help encourage an extensive array of Bluetooth solution profiles for wireless connectivity.
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