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HP to Develop Printing Profiles for Bluetooth Wireless Technology.

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HP DeskJet DeskJet is a brand name for inkjet printers manufactured by Hewlett-Packard Company. These printers range from small domestic to large industrial models, although the largest models in the range have generally been dubbed DesignJet. , LaserJet, PhotoSmart, OmniBook, Jornada, Business

Desktop PC and JetDirect Divisions to Support Bluetooth

Hewlett-Packard Company today said it will lead the development of printing profiles for the Bluetooth wireless technology, an emerging standard in wireless communication. HP, already a Bluetooth Adopter, will assume Associate status in 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. , and will use its expertise in printing and imaging to help drive Bluetooth into new consumer segments. The technology, which makes omni-directional, non-line-of-sight transmission possible, will make pervasive wireless connectivity a reality. For example, travelers could print text messages from their cell phones to an airline-club fax machine, or they could print a map from a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) A handheld computer for managing contacts, appointments and tasks. It typically includes a name and address database, calendar, to-do list and note taker, which are the functions in a personal information manager (see PIM).  to a gas station kiosk complete with printer.

"We believe Bluetooth will become a pervasive technology and that its full potential will be realized only when a total solution is accessible: input, transfer, manipulation and output of information," said Vyomesh Joshi, vice president and general manager of HP's Inkjet Systems Business. "That's where HP can add real value."

"The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is delighted to see that HP has increased its involvement in the Bluetooth SIG, said James Kardach of Intel Corporation (company) Intel Corporation - A US microelectronics manufacturer. They produced the Intel 4004, Intel 8080, Intel 8086, Intel 80186, Intel 80286, Intel 80386, Intel 486 and Pentium microprocessor families as well as many other integrated circuits and personal computer networking  and chairman of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. HP's expertise in printing and imaging will help to develop new consumer usage models that can take advantage of the Bluetooth wireless technology."

New Imaging and Printing Paradigm

HP will lead the development of the Bluetooth wireless technology printing profiles, which will define the framework and standard language that will allow printers to communicate with other Bluetooth printing-enabled devices.

HP's support of the Bluetooth wireless technology in the consumer products arena is designed to ensure that common devices such as notebook and desktop PCs, personal digital appliances (PDAs), printers, faxes and cell phones can communicate with each other at short range, providing a Personal Area Network (PAN). Initially, mobile and business professionals will benefit from Bluetooth technology and HP's contribution to the printing and imaging profiles.

"The market potential for Bluetooth devices is staggering," stated Joshi. "Some estimate that these devices will number 400 million by 2006. HP will make it possible for people to capture and print information, where, when and how they want it."

HP's DeskJet, LaserJet and PhotoSmart printer divisions will support the Bluetooth profile The introduction to this article is vague. To comply with Wikipedia's guidelines, it should be improved.  initiative, as will HP's PhotoSmart digital camera, HP OmniBook HP Omnibook was a range of laptop personal computers created by Hewlett Packard.

The range included:
  • Omnibook 300 — launched in 1993
  • Omnibook 425
  • Omnibook 430
  • Omnibook 500
  • Omnibook 510
  • Omnibook 530
  • Omnibook 600
  • Omnibook 800
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, HP business desktop PC and JetDirect divisions.

Regarding HP's Infrared (Ir) wireless connectivity, Joshi said, "HP LaserJet LaserJet is the brand name used by the American computer company Hewlett-Packard (HP) for their line of dry electrophotographic (DEP) laser printers. Technology
HP LaserJets employ electro-photographic laser marking engines sourced from the Japanese company Canon.
, PhotoSmart, Jornada and OmniBook customers have enjoyed the benefits of HP Ir solutions. We'll continue to offer, expand and improve those solutions. Our initiatives with Bluetooth will co-exist with our Ir options, and together will provide balanced solutions for wireless connectivity."


The Bluetooth wireless technology is a specification for small form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which is driving development of the technology an bringing it to market, includes promoter companies 3Com Corporation, Ericsson, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, 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) , Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba, and more than 1800 adopter companies.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services.

HP announced that it will spin off Agilent Technologies This article needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article.  and distribute its shares of Agilent on June 2, 2000 to HP shareowners of record as of May 2, 2000. Agilent consists of HP's test and measurement, semiconductor products, chemical analysis and healthcare solutions businesses.

HP has 85,400 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations continuing operations

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 of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

Note to Editors: Bluetooth is a trademark of the Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.
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