Bluetooth Plans For Palm In The Works
Broadcom and Palm announced plans to develop a Bluetooth architecture for the next generation of Palm's handheld computers.Broadcom Corp. and Palm Inc. on Wednesday announced plans to develop a Bluetooth architecture for the next generation of Palms handheld computers. The architecture will be based on Broadcoms Blutonium line of transceivers that use the Bluetooth protocol for short-range wireless connections. Palm handhelds enabled with Bluetooth will be able to communicate wirelessly at rates of about 1 Mb per second with Bluetooth-enabled printers, phones or other devices without the line-of-sight connection required by infrared technologies.
For enterprise purposes, Bluetooth-enabled Palm devices could share information with one another in an ad hoc wireless network known under the Bluetooth spec as a piconet. In a piconet, up to eight Bluetooth devices can connect. While the current Bluetooth specification does not include a profile for PAN (personal area networking), the PAN profile is expected this year.