Ericsson release full Bluetooth solution

Ericsson has finally revealed its first suite of Bluetooth-enabled communication devices - the world’s first fully wireless solution.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

Ericsson has finally revealed its first suite of Bluetooth-enabled communication devices - the world’s first fully wireless solution. The family of appliances, which consist of two phones and a PC card, were unveiled at the CommunicAsia show in Singapore at the start of June.

They are expected to ship by the last quarter 2000, meaning true wireless operation and synchronization of mobile devices and desktop systems will finally become a reality.

Each of the devices feature state of the art components alongside the Bluetooth-enabled chips, that will allow them to communicate with other Bluetooth devices at ranges of up to one hundred metres using short wave radio signals.

The T36 is a triple band phone, capable of functioning on GSM 900, 1800 and 1900, making it suitable for use anywhere in the world.

It is fully WAP-enabled for WAP 1.2, the standard for m-commerce and has onboard support for High Speed Data (HSCSD) giving transmission speeds that match standard landline modems (28.8 kb/s).

Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth connectivity will mean that the phone can connect to other Bluetooth devices without a cable; voice recognition and a proximity sensor built into the headset will mean that users don’t even have to be near their phone to make and receive calls.

To round it all off the T36 is loaded with a full suite of PIM utilities to organize mail and address books that synchronize using the new Aircalendar system. Predictive text input is also included

The second phone is the R520 GPRS phone. Like the T36 the R520 has full WAP enablement, supports triple band GSM and HSCSD, but the addition of GPRS means that the phone can manage data transfer speeds exceeding those of the T36.

GPRS also means that the phone can remain continually connected to the Internet, but only going “active” when data is being sent, providing continuous connectivity at a competitive cost. The R520 also has an onboard speaker phone and enhanced voice recognition to enable handsfree operation.

Synchronization Software

The Bluetooth solution is completed with the PC Card DBP-10. A standard PCMCIA Type II card, the DBP-10 will fit into a laptop or desktop computer, where synchronization software will enable the PC to communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. This will enable seamless transfer of email from desktop to mobile, and automatic updating of PIM information from one device to another.

Jan Ahrenbring, VP Marketing for Ericsson commented at the launch: “The Bluetooth wireless technology has had an astonishing reception, with close to 2000 companies signing up to the Special Interest Group during only two years.

"Ericsson has been in the forefront all the time, driving the standard, presenting the first Bluetooth products now presenting a full Bluetooth product portfolio. This is just the beginning and we are looking forward to seeing creative products and solutions from the other companies.”

Ericsson also revealed a prototype device at the CommunicAsia show: the Bluetooth Home Base. The base allows a mobile phone to function as a cordless phone.

When in range of the base the handset connects via Bluetooth to a landline to take advantage of lower call charges. When the handset is out of range it switches back to GSM.

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