Qualcomm Inc. and Swedish Ericsson said on Wednesday they
would team up to develop a wireless appliance system.
Ericsson, the world's No. 3 cellphone maker, said the new
products, based on the Bluetooth communications technology that
replaces plugs and cords, will run on Qualcomm's wireless
Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital
wireless technology has traditionallly been seen as a leading
rival of the Bluetooth wireless standard.
"The true promise of wireless technology lies in its ability
to expand the potential of personal appliances," said Bo
Andersson, vice president and general manager of Ericsson
Microelectronics, a provider of Bluetooth components.
Bluetooth is a short-range radio technology developed by a
special interest group founded by Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba Corp.
The companies involved in Bluetooth see expanded uses in
telephones, allowing people to send digital pictures from
camera's to viewers by just using a handset, as a wireless
office intercom, as a medium to unlock a car, or to exchange a
San Diego-based Qualcomm holds many patents for CMDA high
capacity, high-speed wireless communication technology used in
the United States and selected other countries. The technolgoy
competes with the current European global system for mobile
communications (GSM) wireless technology.