Psion to supply NEC with Bluetooth kit

Psion, through its Psion Connect division, will begin by supplying NEC Computers International with Bluetooth PC Cards and USB (Universal Serial Bus) adaptors, for products that should reach the market by the second quarter of the year, Psion and NEC said in a joint statement.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed and company officials for Psion and NEC could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bluetooth is a standard for short-distance wireless communications, or wireless PANs (personal area networks), which connects devices at speeds of up to 1Mbps (bits per second) and distances of up to 10 meters.

Future NEC products will feature embedded Bluetooth technology from Psion Connect, the companies said. The Bluetooth PC Cards and USB adaptors will be sold under Psion Connect's Gold Card brand, but marketed jointly with NEC Online and NEC's Packard Bell division, Psion and NEC said.

Products featuring the Bluetooth wireless technology are expected to generate worldwide revenue of $US2.5 billion in 2001, according to a study published last month by market research company Frost & Sullivan, the UK branch of U.S.-based Frost & Sullivan. The study also predicted that 11 million products using the Bluetooth technology will be sold by the end of this year.

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