SAN JOSE -- At the Embedded Systems Conference here, Motorola Inc. announced that it has it begun shipping the world's first certified Bluetooth-enabled PC Card for the OEM and retail channels..
Motorola's new product, called the Bluetooth PC Card, has been certified by the Bluetooth Qualifications Body (BQB), which ensures that the product meets the 1.0 standard as defined by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BSIG).
Bluetooth is a technology that enables cellular phones, notebook PCs, and other devices to transmit data over a short-haul, wireless network at speeds up to 1-Mbits.
"We are the first company that has received certification in all three areas : systems-level, RF, and baseband," said Kyle Harper, business manager of emerging markets within Motorola's Wireless Subscriber Systems Group in Austin, Tex.
IBM, Toshiba, and other OEMs will offer Motorola's Bluetooth PC Card as an add-on card option for their respective notebook PC lines. By year's end, Motorola will ship the product to the retail market. End-user prices for the card is expected to be under $200.