The Bluetooth technology was developed by a group called the
Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG),
which was established in May 1998.
Initially, there were only Ericsson, Nokia, Intel, IBM and Toshiba
were involved in this venture. However, as the popularity and the
widespread use of this new
technology has increased in the past several years,
almost every major telecommunications company has now joined
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
for 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 companies that basically
control the technology and its future development.
Current Bluetooth SIG Promoter Members:
- Agere Systems
- Ericsson Technology
- IBM Corporation
- Intel Corporation
- Microsoft Corporation
- Motorola, Inc.
- Toshiba Corporation