TI to bring wireless printing to cell phones

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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS (TI), working with Troy Group subsidiary Troy XCD, is bringing wireless printing capabilities to cell phones with a little help from Bluetooth, the company said Friday.

Consumers will be able to print e-mails, confirmations of stock trades, address book information, and information from the Web from mobile phones by wirelessly connecting to a Bluetooth-enabled printer, the company said in statement. The user must be within 30 feet of the printer to activate it.

TI will provide its Bluetooth chip set for the project, while Troy Group XCD will offer the Bluetooth printing software. The product will be sold to handset vendors, who will be able to pass the capabilities on to end-users.

Texas Instruments spokesman Jeff Wender said the product was demonstrated early this year at the Bluetooth Congress 2000 conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and will be on display at Comdex in Las Vegas in November. But no public release date has been set for the technology, and Dallas-based Texas Instruments has not announced any handset vendors it will work with yet, he said.

"We believe you are going to see this type of functionality next year," Wender said.

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