Nokia to promote Wibree

Nokia has unveiled a new radio technology that is set to rival Bluetooth. Called Wibree, it is being promoted as the first open technology offering connectivity between mobile devices or PCs, and small battery-powered devices such as watches, wireless keyboards and toys.

The technology, which was developed over a five-year period, consumes only a fraction of power compared to other radio technologies such as Bluetooth, enabling smaller and less costly implementations, Nokia claimed.

Wibree can work by itself or alongside Bluetooth, and can transfer data at speeds of up to 1Mpbs — about a third of the speed of current Bluetooth technology.

Nokia is putting Wibree technology through a standardisation process so that the wireless system can be offered to third-party firms. It claims that the first commercial version of the interoperability specification will be available in the second quarter of 2007.

“Wibree technology is an important development that opens up new market opportunities and a whole new range of possibilities for mobile users,” commented Bob Iannucci, head of Nokia Research Center.

“Our aim is to establish an industry standard faster than ever before by offering an interoperable solution that can be commercialised and incorporated into products quickly,” he said.

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