On May 20th, 1998, these five companies—Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba—held
simultaneous press conferences in London, England; San Jose, California; and Tokyo, Japan.
The purpose of this global press briefing was to announce that the five companies had joined
together to develop a royalty-free, open specification for wireless connectivity between
computing and telecommunications devices. As revealed that day, the specification was codenamed
“Bluetooth” and the organization behind the specification was called the Bluetooth
Special Interest Group (SIG).
The Bluetooth SIG was initially charged with monitoring the development of short-range
radio technologies and creating an open global standard. This standard—the Bluetooth
Specification—was to become the primary focus of the SIG for the first year-and-a-half of its
(For more information about the Bluetooth SIG and the Bluetooth Specification, see Chapter
3, “The Bluetooth Industry.”)
3, “The Bluetooth Industry.”), “The Bluetooth Industry.”)