"Five million units shipped validates the sizeable market for Bluetooth technology -- every time you blink an eye, another ten Bluetooth chipsets see the world," said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "When you couple that with the recently announced collaboration between the Bluetooth SIG and UWB, Bluetooth technology will further reinforce its leading position far into the future. Even today, we expect this will have a positive impact in Bluetooth uptake."
"The five million per week mark proves that Bluetooth technology has strong marketplace traction. Microsoft is committed to ensuring that the platform support in Windows meets the needs of the marketplace," said Harish Naidu, general manager of the Windows Device Experience Group at Microsoft Corp. "Bluetooth technology enables millions of people to cut through the clutter of cables and experience new possibilities to connect. We look forward to continued cooperation with our industry partners on Bluetooth deployments so that our mutual customers can enjoy the benefits."
Bluetooth wireless technology has set its mark in every level of adoption. Since the first release of the Bluetooth Specification in 1998, over 3400 companies have become members in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Meanwhile, the number of Bluetooth products on the market is multiplying rapidly. Volumes doubled from 2003 to 2004 to an installed base of over 250 million with a continued growth likely reaching 500 million units by the close of 2005."
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