Monday, October 30, 2006

We will all look like this

That’s my conclusion from the aggressive prediction posted by IMS Research today that Bluetooth could ship in as many as 500 million systems this year and as many as 1.5 billion by 2010. The vast majority of those links will be used to connect cellphones with wireless headsets, IMS said, giving us that clipped ear look made famous in Star Trek.

The big question is whether this juggernaut will make Bluetooth the PAN of choice in a highly fragmented field of short-range interconnects I have discussed below. Alternatively, PCs, printers and digital cameras may define the PAN with the much faster wireless USB chips making their way into the market this year.

Check out the full story on and let me know what you think, and what you are designing in. --rbm

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