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History of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group

2013

  • Minsoo Lee, LG Electronics, joins the SIG Board of Directors
  • Cumulative Bluetooth® product shipments surpass 2.5 billion*
  • SIG membership surpasses 20,000 companies
  • The SIG launches Bluetooth World

2012

  • Cumulative Bluetooth product shipments surpass 2 billion*
  • SIG membership surpasses 17,000 companies
  • The SIG launches new resources for app developers 
  • The first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablets and music players hit the market.
  • SIG Board appoints wireless veteran Mark Powell, as executive director.
  • The SIG announces expansion into sports & fitness markets with new working group and new profiles for real-time running and cycling data monitoring
  • Dr. Steven Gray joins the SIG Board of Directors

2011

  • SIG membership surpasses 15,000 companies
  • The SIG picks a 3D television for its Best of CES award winner
  • Apple and Nordic Semiconductor join the SIG Board of Directors
  • The SIG adopts the first new profile for Bluetooth v4.0 in May
  • Apple releases the first two computers (MacMini and MacBook Air) with Bluetooth v4.0 technology in July
  • The SIG unveils the Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Smart Ready brand extensions
  • Microsoft announces that Windows 8 will support Bluetooth v4.0
  • Apple announces that the new iPhone 4S will support Bluetooth v4.0 and become the first Bluetooth Smart Ready phone
  • The SIG adopts 29 new Bluetooth v4.0 profiles, services, protocols and prototyping specifications, creating the infrastructure for Bluetooth Smart devices

2010

2009

  • The SIG adopts Core Specification Version 3.0 HS, making Bluetooth high speed technology a reality
  • The SIG welcomes its 12,000th member
  • The SIG announces the adoption of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology, the hallmark feature in Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0

2008

  • The SIG celebrates its 10th anniversary
  • Nearly 2 billion Bluetooth enabled products shipped in 10 years
  • The SIG welcomes its 10,000th member
  • Bluetooth SIG Executive Director Mike Foley is named one of RCR Wireless News Mobile Movers & Shakers for 2008
  • Profile Tuning Suite (PTS) Version 3.0 is released, including automatic updates and further improvements to its report generation capabilities

2007

  • First alarm-clock radio
  • First television
  • The SIG welcomes its 8,000th member
  • Bluetooth SIG Executive Director Mike Foley wins the Telematics Leadership Award
  • PTS Protocol Viewer is released as part of the release of PTS Version 2.1.1 along with a greatly updated user interface and report generation capabilities

2006

  • First sunglasses
  • First watch
  • First picture frame
  • Bluetooth wireless reaches an installed base of 1 billion devices
  • Bluetooth enabled devices ship at a rate of 10 million per week
  • Profile Tuning Suite (PTS)  testing becomes a mandatory part of the Bluetooth product qualification process 
  • The SIG announces it will integrate Bluetooth technology with the WiMedia Alliance version of UWB

2005

  • Product shipments soar to 5 million chipsets per week
  • The SIG welcomes its 4,000th member
  • SIG Headquarters opens in Bellevue, WA; regional offices open in Malmo, Sweden and Hong Kong
  • The SIG launches Profile Testing Suite (PTS)  v1.0, a testing and qualification tool for members developed completely in-house

2004

  • The SIG adopts Core Specification Version 2.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
  • Bluetooth technology reaches an installed base of 250 million devices
  • Product-shipment rate surpasses 3 million per week
  • First stereo headphones

2003

  • First MP3 player with  Bluetooth technology
  • Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.2 adopted by the Bluetooth SIG
  • Bluetooth product shipments grow to 1 million per week
  • First FDA-approved Bluetooth medical system

2002

  • First keyboard and mouse combo
  • First GPS receiver
  • Bluetooth wireless qualified products hits 500
  • IEEE approves the 802.15.1 specification to conform with Bluetooth wireless technology
  • First digital camera

2001

  • First printer
  • First laptop
  • First hands-free car kit
  • First hands-free car kit with speech recognition
  • The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. is formed as a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation

2000

  • First mobile phone with  Bluetooth technology comes to market
  • First PC card
  • Prototype mouse and laptop demonstrated at CeBIT 2000
  • Prototype USB dongle shown at COMDEX
  • First chip to integrate radio frequency, baseband, microprocessor functions and Bluetooth wireless software
  • First headset is shipped

1999

  • The Bluetooth 1.0 Specification is released
  • The Bluetooth SIG hosts the first UnPlugFest for member engineers
  • Bluetooth technology is awarded "Best of Show Technology Award" at COMDEX

1998

  • The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is formed with five companies
  • The Bluetooth SIG welcomes its 400th member by the end of the year
  • The name Bluetooth is officially adopted

*ABI Research

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