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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

March 28, 2006 at 10:47 AM

Bluetooth at mach 5

Bluetooth, the technology primiarily used by cellphones for short-distance connections to other devices, such as headsets, will be used in the future for transferring large amounts of data between devices in the home, including televisions, TVs, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

The trade association, based in Bellevue, announced this morning that its selection of a standard: the WiMedia Alliance multiband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MB-OFDM) version of ultra-wideband (UWB).

All that means is that Bluetooth will be capable of higher transmission speeds that will alow synchronizing and transferring large amounts of data, as well as handling high quality video and audio applications for portable devices, multimedia projectors and television sets. The organization noted that Bluetooth will continue to serve other devices, such as mice, keyboards and headsets.

The Bluetooth SIG estimates the first Bluetooth technology/UWB solution chipsets will available for prototyping in the second quarter next year. A live demonstration of the proposed technology is scheduled to be shown to the media at the Bluetooth SIG All Hands Meeting DEMO event on Thursday in Seattle.

For more information check out the Bluetooth SIG Web site.

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