DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. here said it is collaborating with a subsidiary of Troy Group Inc. to enable wireless printing from cellular phones using Bluetooth technology.
The capability will use TI's recently introduced Bluetooth chip set, which is fabricated in 0.18-micron process technology and claimed to be the first semiconductor solution to fully integrate software for the wireless standard in ROM (see Sept. 19 story).
Troy's XCD subsidiary in Santa Ana, Calif., said wireless handsets equipped its Bluetooth printing software and TI's chip set will enable users to print e-mails, Web site data and other information from cell phones directly to Bluetooth-enable printers more than 30 feet away.
"Cellular telephones are becoming more like mobile Internet appliances with capabilities that include email, Web access and address books," predicted Patrick Dirk, chairman and CEO of Troy. "We believe that printing will become a significant requirement as cell phone users add these new applications."