Bluetooth Group Projects Two Billion Device Shipments by Early ’08; Announces Merger with Wibree Forum
The nearly 8,500 member companies of the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) report that they cumulatively shipped a billion Bluetooth-enabled devices through last November -- and that they expect to exceed the two-billion cumulative-shipment mark by early 2008.
According to Michael Foley, executive director of the group, who spoke at a multi-supplier Bluetooth demonstration/product display in New York Thursday, “for 2010, our goal is to ship two billion devices in a single year.”
Evidence of the robustness of Bluetooth technology, which will mark its 10th anniversary in January, came in the form of an announcement this week that the group is merging with the Wibree Forum, whose specifications for the Nokia-developed ultra-low-power short-range wireless technology are expected to be absorbed into Bluetooth’s specs in the first half of 2008 and will “add a new class of devices” to the Bluetooth market mix in the second half, according to Foley. Several companies besides Nokia, including Broadcom, Casio, CSR, Epson, ItoM, Logitech, Nordic Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Suunto, Taiyo Yuden and Texas Instruments, have contributed to the interoperability specification.