Bluetooth support for A9home mulledBy Chris Williams. Published: 4th Apr 2006, 23:14:20 | Permalink | Printable
Meanwhile Ad6's client gets it firstAdvantageSix have added Bluetooth support to their range of ARM9 powered embedded RISC OS computers. An A9 designed specifically for an unnamed client can communicate with wireless keyboards and mobile phones using the popular Bluetooth standard. Ad6 hope to show off their work in a demonstration of the technology at next month's Wakefield event.
The A9home, aimed at desktop users and dubbed the 'retail version', does not currently feature the hardware to provide Bluetooth functionality. However the A9 team have hinted that the work could make it into desktop users' hands if there is enough demand.
Ad6's Matt Edgar said: "Traditionally the Wakefield Show is where we take the opportunity to demonstrate the potential cross-overs between our OEM and the retail market - and 2006 will be no exception.
"This year we will be focusing on connectivity, and the first item which is confirmed to be a part of the demonstration will be our A9 with integrated Bluetooth proof-of-concept."
There's no word on this new focus on connectivity, and AdvantageSix declined to reveal who their OEM partners are.
Matt said: "We have a few other things in the pipeline and some of them should be useable, but for various reasons we can't talk about them just yet."
He added: "There isn't a Bluetooth chipset in the A9home. The core design of the A9 variant which includes Bluetooth is, however, very similar to that of the A9home.
"Releasing Bluetooth support for desktop users is something that I'd like to see happen, which makes it more likely, but it does have to make sense from a business point of view too."
From mobile phones to mice to printers to PDAs, Bluetooth is a radio-based system that allows devices to talk to each other and a computer.
A quick poll drobe.co.uk readers showed that 60% of voters wanted Bluetooth support, while 28% weren't interested. Meanwhile, it's understood sound support is nearing completion for the A9home and a Flash ROM upgrade is being prepared for beta testers of the machine. The team are hoping for an official launch this May, one year on from when the A9home was made available to selected users.
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