Philips Semiconductors and WIDCOMM form Bluetooth alliance

San Diego, California–Nov. 6, 2000–Philips Semiconductors, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, has teamed up with WIDCOMM Inc. to speed the development of its Bluetooth products. Bluetooth, a low-cost radio-based technology that provides an open standard for short-range wireless cables, already is capable of connecting a wide range of communications devices such as mobile phones and laptop computers.

“WIDCOMM is a pioneer in Bluetooth software, while Philips Semiconductors is the first to deliver high volume Bluetooth silicon, ” says Dirk Braune, Philips’ marketing director of Business Line Cordless and Corded. “We are extremely happy to create an alliance with such a competent Bluetooth partner. Combining Philips Semiconductors’ strength in silicon systems solutions with WIDCOMM’s strength in systems software, we are going to provide innovative solutions and support as well as deliver many new applications to the large and growing Bluetooth community.”

The alliance will offer many benefits to customers, the companies claim, by providing a one-stop-shop for optimized solutions involving integrated circuits (ICs), software and OEM designs, as well as support in all stages of development. Philips and WIDCOMM plan to streamline their sales and marketing initiatives to serve the worldwide market for Bluetooth products and solutions.


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