MONTE CARLO -- Texas Instruments Inc. said it plans to demonstrate Bluetooth digital baseband technology for data and voice connections during the International Bluetooth Congress 2000 meeting, which will be held here next week.
To help implement Bluetooth wireless systems quickly, Dallas-based TI said it has create development partnerships for software and reference designs with a number of companies, including Widcomm Inc. of San Diego and Troy Group Inc. in Santa Ana, Calif.
"Widcomm's goal is to become the leading provider of short-range wirelessnetworking solutions," said Hiep Pham, president and CEO of the two-year-old company. Widcomm is focused on protocol stack software for secure, inexpensive systems connecting cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and laptop PCs to each other and the Internet.
Publicly traded Troy is zeroing in on printing applications using wireless Bluetooth connections. "In the emerging mobile communications market, the ability to transmit data to printers by radio frequency will be a critical element," said Patrick J. Dirk, chairman of Troy Group. "We believe that Texas Instruments and Troy Group will demonstrate the first wireless printing application in Monte Carlo," Dirk said.
Bluetooth has the potential to become a ubiquitous technology, noted TI officials. "Whether it's wirelessly downloading the latest music album onto a digital audio device, enabling a wireless headset for the next generation of mobile phones, or transmitting a photo from your network camera to a home computer more than 100 feet away, Bluetooth connectivity will leverage applications
made possible by DSPs," said Christian Dupont, general manager of TI's short-distance wireless business unit.
TI is banking heavily on its programmable digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog chip technologies to gain an early lead in the market. In addition, the company hopes to leverage dedicated business units in a range of system segments to get its Bluetooth technology designed into products. These dedicated businesses include Internet audio players, digital speakers, printers, digital cameras, and digital control systems for automobiles and industrial applications.