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Re: IPP> IPP over other transports

From: David_Kellerman@nls.com
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 18:38:15 EDT

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    Henrik, all,

    I thought folks might be interested in this HP press release I
    just received. It relates to the recent discussion of potential
    connections between IPP and the Bluetooth wireless technology.


    :: David Kellerman Northlake Software 503-228-3383
    :: david_kellerman@nls.com Portland, Oregon fax 503-228-5662

    Tuesday May 2, 10:31 am Eastern Time
    Company Press Release
    HP to Develop Printing Profiles for Bluetooth Wireless Technology
    HP DeskJet, LaserJet, PhotoSmart, OmniBook, Jornada, Business Desktop PC and
    JetDirect Divisions to Support Bluetooth

    PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2000-- Hewlett-Packard Company today
    said it will lead the development of printing profiles for the Bluetooth
    wireless technology, an emerging standard in wireless communication. HP, already
    a Bluetooth Adopter, will assume Associate status in the Bluetooth Special
    Interest Group, and will use its expertise in printing and imaging to help drive
    Bluetooth into new consumer segments. The technology, which makes
    omni-directional, non-line-of-sight transmission possible, will make pervasive
    wireless connectivity a reality. For example, travelers could print text
    messages from their cell phones to an airline-club fax machine, or they could
    print a map from a PDA to a gas station kiosk complete with printer.

    ``We believe Bluetooth will become a pervasive technology and that its full
    potential will be realized only when a total solution is accessible: input,
    transfer, manipulation and output of information,'' said Vyomesh Joshi, vice
    president and general manager of HP's Inkjet Systems Business. ``That's where HP
    can add real value.''

    ``The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is delighted to see that HP has increased
    its involvement in the Bluetooth SIG, said James Kardach of Intel Corporation
    and chairman of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. HP's expertise in printing
    and imaging will help to develop new consumer usage models that can take
    advantage of the Bluetooth wireless technology.''

    New Imaging and Printing Paradigm

    HP will lead the development of the Bluetooth wireless technology printing
    profiles, which will define the framework and standard language that will allow
    printers to communicate with other Bluetooth printing-enabled devices.

    HP's support of the Bluetooth wireless technology in the consumer products arena
    is designed to ensure that common devices such as notebook and desktop PCs,
    personal digital appliances (PDAs), printers, faxes and cell phones can
    communicate with each other at short range, providing a Personal Area Network
    (PAN). Initially, mobile and business professionals will benefit from Bluetooth
    technology and HP's contribution to the printing and imaging profiles.

    ``The market potential for Bluetooth devices is staggering,'' stated Joshi.
    ``Some estimate that these devices will number 400 million by 2006. HP will make
    it possible for people to capture and print information, where, when and how
    they want it.''

    HP's DeskJet, LaserJet and PhotoSmart printer divisions will support the
    Bluetooth profile initiative, as will HP's PhotoSmart digital camera, HP
    OmniBook notebook PC, HP Jornada handheld PC, HP business desktop PC and
    JetDirect divisions.

    Regarding HP's Infrared (Ir) wireless connectivity, Joshi said, ``HP LaserJet,
    PhotoSmart, Jornada and OmniBook customers have enjoyed the benefits of HP Ir
    solutions. We'll continue to offer, expand and improve those solutions. Our
    initiatives with Bluetooth will co-exist with our Ir options, and together will
    provide balanced solutions for wireless connectivity.''


    The Bluetooth wireless technology is a specification for small form factor,
    low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones
    and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The
    Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which is driving development of the technology
    an bringing it to market, includes promoter companies 3Com Corporation,
    Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba, and more
    than 1800 adopter companies.

    About HP

    Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging
    solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on
    the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services.

    HP announced that it will spin off Agilent Technologies and distribute its
    shares of Agilent on June 2, 2000 to HP shareowners of record as of May 2, 2000.
    Agilent consists of HP's test and measurement, semiconductor products, chemical
    analysis and healthcare solutions businesses.

    HP has 85,400 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing
    operations of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year. Information about HP and
    its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

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