Fujitsu Adds Notebook Option for WIDCOMM Bluetooth Technology

2/27/2004 - Starting immediately, Fujitsu Siemens Computers is shipping its lightweight LIFEBOOK S Series notebooks with optional BluetoothTM wireless technology as well as its CONNECT2AIR Bluetooth USB dongle with the latest Bluetooth solution from WIDCOMM. This enables printer, keyboard and mouse to connect to PCs and notebooks without unwieldy cables. Other highlights include data synchronization between notebooks and handhelds and data exchange with Bluetooth systems from other vendors, as WIDCOMM software supports all major Bluetooth standards.

In Europe, Bluetooth is increasingly establishing itself as the industry standard for wireless communication between computers and devices. “Europe leads the world in user acceptance of Bluetooth," said Chris Jones, Director and Senior Analyst at Canalys. "The number of mobile Bluetooth devices is growing. To make the most of this trend, it is highly important for PC vendors to integrate Bluetooth into their products and offer flexible connectivity to users who spend much of their professional life on the move."

"WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows (BTW) 1.4 is a complete and extremely robust Bluetooth solution," explained Peter Eßer, Executive Vice President Volume Products and Supply Operations at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "On request, we will now supply our LIFEBOOK S Series notebooks with WIDCOMM’s integrated Bluetooth solution. This standard will enable our customers to use their mobile companions to print documents without awkward cabling and synchronize data with other devices, such as handhelds and smartphones."

"The demand for our wireless Bluetooth applications is driven by the increasing requirements that end customers are communicating to computer manufacturers," said Jacques Beneteau, Vice President Marketing at WIDCOMM. "Our Bluetooth solution provides the widest chipset support in the industry and we support application developers with a special software development kit. WIDCOMM also provides local support in Europe. By teaming up with Fujitsu Siemens Computers and its strong product portfolio, we have the ideal launch pad for gaining a successful market presence in Europe."

Special strengths of WIDCOMM BTW 1.4 are the variety of Bluetooth profiles it supports, including the HID (Human Interface Device) profile for mouse and keyboard, extensive test programs for communication with other Bluetooth devices, and integration of Bluetooth functions into the Windows user interface. As well as in English, the BTW 1.4 is also available in German, French and Swedish.

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