Ericsson boosts the Bluetooth market
November 12, 2001 - Ericsson Technology Licensing AB today announces new ways for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring Bluetooth products to market more quickly. Ericsson's new Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)-accredited Bluetooth Qualification Test Services will provide an experienced channel for OEMs to qualify their Bluetooth products quickly and efficiently. In addition, Ericsson's new Design House Program will offer technical design and development expertise, shortening the time-to-market cycle for OEMs. Currently, two-thirds of Bluetooth products produced in volume use Bluetooth solutions from Ericsson.
Bluetooth Qualification Test Services
Early in 2002, Ericsson Technology Licensing will become an accredited test house for assisting OEMs with the SIG interoperability qualification process. The qualification process must be complete before an OEM can use the Bluetooth trademark and patent rights on a commercially available product.
"Since the creation of the Bluetooth SIG, Ericsson has been a main contributor to the development of the qualification and testing procedures," said Magnus Sommanson, responsible for test facility set up at Ericsson Technology Licensing. "Now we are making our experience in this area available to a broader scope of clients."
Design House Program
By the end of 2001, Ericsson Technology Licensing will also initiate a Design House Program to assist OEMs with Bluetooth development. The Design Houses will feature a network of System-On-Chip design experts. These experts will assist OEMs with chip design to fit their particular needs, thus allowing them to gain both security and time to market.
"Instead of settling for pre-made, standardized chips, OEMs can license chip technology and implement Bluetooth in a more cost-efficient manner. The Design Houses will offer the OEMs local access to Bluetooth wireless technology on a global basis," said Frank Hennekens, Director of Business Line Baseband, Ericsson Technology Licensing.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communication through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication in the world.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Frida Tibblin Citron, Manager Marketing Communication,
Ericsson Technology Licensing AB
Phone: +46 70 65 46 352 / +46 46 23 27 04
About Ericsson Technology Licensing
Ericsson Technology Licensing AB licenses intellectual property for Bluetooth wireless technology to many of the world's largest manufacturers. No company has been working longer or harder with Bluetooth wireless technology than Ericsson. Ericsson began Bluetooth research back in 1994, helped found the Bluetooth SIG and was the first company to put Bluetooth consumer products into mass production.
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