Ericsson and Intel make Bluetooth pact

By Ashlee Vance, IDG News Service |  Business

ERICSSON TELEPHONE AGREED to cross the pond Monday and provide a large chunk of its Bluetooth wireless technology to Intel.

Stockholm, Sweden-based Ericsson signed a licensing agreement with Intel to cover the supply of Ericsson intellectual property relating to Bluetooth technology to the chipmaker.

Bluetooth is a standard for short-distance wireless communications. It allows devices to be connected at speeds up to 1Mbps and distances of up to 10 meters. Announced in 1998, Bluetooth technology uses a small radio chip to replace cable connections in many devices, including laptops, headphones, and printers.

For example, a Bluetooth-enabled laptop could send pages wirelessly to a properly equipped printer. A Bluetooth connection could also replace the cabling now used to connect a handheld device to a PC.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel looks for the deal to broaden its product offerings to OEMs in the wireless space. Intel will use hardware and software related to Ericsson's Bluetooth Core Product and software for its HOST Stack product. The Bluetooth Core Product consists of baseband software and hardware designs that help put Bluetooth technology into chips. The HOST Stack is a software component that eases communication between devices.

Ericsson teamed with U.K.-based design house ARM for the development of Bluetooth-related chipsets and other hardware designs.

Ashlee Vance is a San Francisco-based reporter at IDG News Service, an InfoWorld affiliate.

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