NEC prototype notebook is first to use Bluetooth

NEC has developed a prototype notebook computer that could be the first to use the Bluetooth short-range wireless data...

NEC has developed a prototype notebook computer that could be the first to use the Bluetooth short-range wireless data technology, writes Matthew Thomas.

NEC is displaying a prototype of the notebook at CeBIT. It features National Semiconductor's chips. Using Bluetooth technology, users won't need cabling between computer devices or infrared-based communications.

NEC did not say when it will introduce the Bluetooth notebook computer, but it could be a while before it becomes useful, as other computers and peripherals will also have to support Bluetooth, which might not be commercially available for a year or more.

Bluetooth offers high-speed wireless data communications between Bluetooth enabled computers and other devices. It was developed by Ericsson and has received support from major chip manufacturers. Industry analysts expect the technology will become commonplace in a wide variety of computer and electronic devices.

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