Toshiba claims first with Bluetooth

Toshiba has launched New Zealand's first Bluetooth PC Card product.

Toshiba has launched New Zealand's first Bluetooth PC Card product.

The card, coupled with Toshiba-developed SPANworks software, allows data to be transmitted without wires from one PC to another.

Users within 30 metres can share presentations, send messages, transfer documents and instantly exchange business cards.

Toshiba says SPANworks allows a network of up to seven computers to be set up as a network with Bluetooth PC cards- without a server hub or established infrastructure.

The short-range wireless radio communication system can transmit at speeds upto 1.1Mbit per second- up to 20 times faster than a standard V90 modem.

Toshiba's Bluetooth PC Card can be used to connect portable computers, prinyers, digital mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, network access points and other mobile devices to connect to one another and connect to the internet or a LAN without the need for wires and cables.

Toshiba say many of these products will be available early next year.

The card, costing NZ$460 (ex GST), works with Toshiba and other PCs that have a Type II PC Card slot and the following configurations: Pentium 133Mhz, 64MB RAM, and either Windows 98SE or Windows 98ME. Other operating systems will be supported by 2001.

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