ThinkPads to Get 'Bluetooth' Bite

IBM has partnered with TDK Systems Europe in London to develop a family of Bluetooth wireless products for its ThinkPad notebook computers.

Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communications standard that uses the 2.4-GHz frequency range. It allows the wireless exchange of data between peripherals within a range of 10 meters, or about 33 feet. More than 1,600 companies worldwide have signed on to support the Bluetooth standard.

An IBM spokesman said the company decided to partner with TDK because of its expertise in designing wireless devices. PC cards will be the first Bluetooth products developed by the partnership. The cards will allow IBM ThinkPads to communicate with a range of peripheral devices, including printers, monitors and even cordless phones, the IBM spokesman said.

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