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View Full Version : Study: Bluetooth Shipments Double in 2003

Jason Dunn
10-06-2003, 06:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,112759,00.asp' target='_blank'>http://www.pcworld.com/news/article...d,112759,00.asp</a><br /><br /></div>"A study has predicted that shipments of Bluetooth devices will double to 70 million units in 2003, with steady growth to follow over the next few years. The Frost & Sullivan report states that: "Bluetooth has come a long way from the simple cable-replacement technology unveiled in 1998. Critics would be hard-pressed to name any other wireless communications technology that has managed to achieve the volumes and diversity of deployment of Bluetooth in just six years."<br /><br />The article goes on to talk about how many of the big companies that initially were heavily invested in Bluetooth (like Motorola) have since scaled back their hopes. No doubt - Bluetooth hasn't lived up to a fraction of the hype. I've grown more impressed with it in the past few weeks, but it's still too hard to set up and get configured. Bluetooth continues to remain a great IDEA, but is inconsistent in vendor implementation, which means mass-consumer adoption just won't happen yet.

10-07-2003, 10:18 AM
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that over 900 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products from 116 companies have received certification since testing began in March 2000. The organization currently performs four independent interoperability certifications including IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and Wi-Fi Protected Access™ in addition to a combination of all of these technologies. A searchable database of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications can be found at http://www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/certified_products.asp?TID=2

There are over 1200 Qualified Bluetooth Products/Components (about 100 are based on v1.0, the rest is based on v1.1)

Motorola qualified Bluetooth Products (total 44)