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Intel boycotts Bluetooth for own wireless comms

Eric Doyle


Eric Doyle

Intel has launched a set of wireless PC peripherals that uses its own short-range wireless communications technology rather than the emerging Bluetooth standard.

A spokeswoman for Intel said, "We were looking for a cost-effective wireless technology for the keyboard, mouse and game-pad. The technology also had to be available now, and Bluetooth did not seem to be suitable or ready."

The Intel system is based on a 900MHz radio frequency and is currently available only in the US.

"We are looking at the implications of introducing the system in Europe," the spokeswoman said.

This may not be for some time, depending on how soon Intel can gain the necessary licences for a suitable frequency allocation under each of the European countries' regulations for wireless broadcasting.

Intel is not saying whether other peripherals will be added to the current range, but admits that there is room for expansion if it so chooses. The base receiver station plugs into a PC's USB port, rather than the PC mouse and keyboard sockets, opening up the possibility of data transfer between computers. Intel motherboard manufacturers such as Dell may take on the peripherals in their ranges, but no announcements have yet been made.

The base station is priced at $59.99 (£41), while the mouse and keyboard cost $49 each.

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