Bluetooth Technology - History
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The Bluetooth technology was developed by a group called the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which was established in May 1998.

Initially, only Ericsson, Nokia, Intel, IBM and Toshiba were involved in this venture. However, as the popularity and the widespread use of this new technology increased, almost every major telecommunications company has now joined the SIG as a participating member, bringing the total of contributing companies currently over 1,500.

The somewhat curious name for this new technology was inspired by the Danish King, Harald Bluetooth, who was credited with unifying Denmark and Norway in the 10th century.

Although, the number of participating companies continues to grow, there are still a limited number of influencial businesses that basically control the technology and its current development.

Current Bluetooth SIG Promoter Members:

  • Agere Systems
  • Ericsson Technology
  • IBM Corporation
  • Intel Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • Nokia
  • Toshiba Corporation


Click any of the logos below to learn more about the SIG Promoter Members.

Toshiba Corporation Nokia IBM Corporation Agere Systems Microsoft Corporation Ericsson Technology Intel Corporation Motorola, Inc.



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