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Logitech boosts its Bluetooth blessings

Logitech is moving towards Bluetooth 1.2, the next release of the wireless technology standard, with the addition of Adaptive Frequency Hopping.

Logitech is moving towards Bluetooth 1.2, the next release of the wireless technology standard, with the addition of Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) to its Logitech Mobile Bluetooth headsets. AFH enables Logitech Mobile Bluetooth headsets to select open frequency bands when transmitting data within congested 2.4GHz areas, such as WiFi (802.11) hot spots.

AFH takes advantage of available frequencies without limiting the Bluetooth transmission to a set of frequencies occupied by other wireless standards, ensuring continuous clear connections for Bluetooth headset users.

"As Logitech continues to expand its presence in the mobile phone headset market, we are focused on providing top-of-the-line products that incorporate the latest technologies, such as AFH," said Ray Weikel, director of product marketing for Logitech's Audio Business Unit. "This new feature will provide a superior experience when using the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset. We believe this ability to experience a clear, uninterrupted conversation in a wireless setting will be increasingly important as the adoption rate of Bluetooth increases around the world."

Analysts agree that the market for Bluetooth mobile devices is growing. Research firm IDC forecasts a 70% compound annual growth rate in worldwide shipments of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones from 2004 through 2007.

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