The manufacture of Bluetooth-enabled equipment will also exceed 1 billion units by 2005.

Bluetooth-enabled equipment will surface by the end of 2000 and will escalate in 2001, according to Cahners In-Stat Group, a high-tech market research firm.

Bluetooth is a short-distance wireless technology that spans telecommunications, personal computing, networking, industrial, automotive and consumer electronic devices, allowing voice and data connections up to 10 meters (30 feet), or to 100 meters with an amplifier.

Bluetooth frees users from having to wrestle with numerous cords and gives the corporate and consumer worlds access to easy synchronization and mobility during a cordless connection, and opens up many possibilities for establishing quick, temporary (ad-hoc) connections with colleagues, friends, or office networks.

"The earliest Bluetooth adopters will be high-end mobile phone and notebook PC business users," said Joyce Putscher, director of In-Stat's Consumer & Converging Markets and Technologies Service.

This emerging technology will initially surface in mobile phones, notebook PCs, PC cards and adapters, and access points.

According to In-Stat, consumers are expected to create significant demand for the technology in order to realize benefits such as establishing a wireless connection to the public switched telephone network, printing from a different room in the house without a home network, and synchronizing contact information and calendars among various productivity devices and with family members.

In-Stat has also found that:

-- Innovation and research and development will be needed to cut

down on the cost of Bluetooth solutions, enabling integration

into many more products. Some of the ways to cut down on the

cost will include less expensive packaging, one-chip solutions

that combine radio and baseband functions, and solutions that

transfer some of the work to a host processor.

-- The first mobile phones and notebook computers offering

Bluetooth will hit the market this fall, while desktop PCs

equipped with the technology will debut in 2001.

-- Chip shipments will pick up in the second half of 2000.

Bluetooth will really begin to sink its teeth into the market

in 2001. By 2005, the market opportunity for Class 1, 2 and 3

Bluetooth solutions will approach $5 billion.

The report Bluetooth 2000: To Enable the Star Trek Generation (MM0009BW) forecasts Bluetooth-enabled equipment and the associated opportunities for radio and baseband solutions from 1999 through 2005. In addition, it provides an overview of Bluetooth technology, the application areas, equipment vendors, semiconductor players, and IP and protocol stack players.

The report also supplies detailed six-year forecasts for radio and baseband functional solutions and host-supported solutions as well as seven categories and 24 sub-segments of Bluetooth-enabled products.

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