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Bluetooth gets chip-design boost

U.K. chip designer Cambridge Silicon Radio on Monday said that it is sampling its third-generation Bluetooth wireless connectivity products, which will support the upcoming version 1.2 of the Bluetooth specification, and will give hardware makers the flexibility to offer more advanced Bluetooth services.

CSR's launch of its BlueCore3 silicon comes shortly after the company announced it had shipped its 10-millionth Bluetooth chip. Even as mobile devices are increasingly including Bluetooth connectivity, however, critics say interoperability and setup problems are keeping the technology from fulfilling its potential. The technology is also seen as being squeezed into a niche by wireless local area networks (LANs) and by ZigBee, an emerging wireless technology aimed at slower-speed, low-end electronics.

Read the full story at ZDNet UK. Matthew Broersma reported from London.