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Intel shows new wireless notebooks

Intel shows off its future hardware and software products based on the Bluetooth wireless technology at a Los Angeles developers conference.

Intel today showed off its future hardware and software products based on the Bluetooth wireless technology.

The demonstration showed two notebook computer development systems synchronizing data wirelessly using Intel's Bluetooth radio module and software suite.

Bluetooth is a technology for small devices and computers to communicate without cables or wires. Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cell phones, notebook computers and PDAs (personal digital assistant) will eventually be able to swap data and information wirelessly.

The initiative is part of an overall industry effort to simplify the computing experience, especially as cell phones, notebooks and PDAs become more prevalent as alternatives to traditional means of accessing the Internet. By doing away with cables and wires, these new devices and appliances will be able to communicate easily within corporate and home networks.

This new market is expected to be large, too. By 2005, there will be more than 670 million Bluetooth-enabled devices, according to research by Cahners In-Stat Group.

"Intel's goal is to help users benefit from the ease-of-use and interoperability of Bluetooth devices," said Frank Spindler, vice president and marketing director of Intel's Mobile and Handheld Products Group. "We will provide our customers with hardware, software, design tools and support to allow them to deliver these benefits in notebook designs."

Intel demonstrated the technology at the Bluetooth Developers Conference in Los Angeles.