January 22, 2002

HCV Wireless announces Linux-based BlueMod

Author: JT Smith

Henry Valk writes: "HCV Wireless today announced the release of its BlueMod Developer Kit Version 1.0. First demonstrated at at the Bluetooth Developers Conference in San Francisco during December 2001, HCV Wireless has already received substantial interest in the BlueMod product from Europe, Asia and the United States."

"The initial response has been terrific," says Henry Valk, founder and Chief Executive Officer of HCV Wireless. "As the wireless industry consolidates around the Bluetooth standard, there's a real opportunity for application developers to create innovative solutions. BlueMod provides a seamless platform to jump-start these development projects".

An early tester of BlueMod is Gavin Maxwell, Platform Developer Alliances Manager, Asia Pacific region, with Palm, Inc. "It looks to be an interesting concept," says Maxwell. "Developers can run components of their software on BlueMod, and wirelessly integrate into client-side networks of Palm handhelds and other devices. I tested it with my Palm m505 handheld with a Bluetooth SDIO card and had BlueMod doing useful things within an hour."

BlueMod is a compact, fully compliant computing platform incorporating Bluetooth technology. Using BlueMod, new and established solution developers can take advantage of a pre-qualified, embedded wireless platform to accelerate the engineering process and bring their wireless products to market more quickly. BlueMod features a small footprint, powerful 32-bit processor, Linux-based operating system and multiple connectivity accessories. With full Bluetooth 1.1 compliance and multiple profiles, BlueMod's open programming interfaces allow developers to quickly deploy and test their code inside a Personal Area Network (PAN) space.

The key feature for developers, according to Henry Valk, is the speed at which they can take products to the market. "Once developers place their code on BlueMod, it's a short process to the final product. Unlike other development kits, BlueMod is production-ready for large volume manufacture. With our small form factor, we can quickly integrate into any end-product design."

The BlueMod Developer Kit Version 1.0 is available directly from HCV Wireless. HCV Wireless also provides custom engineering services to assist designers in implementing their product strategy. For pricing and additional information, developers may visit the HCV Wireless web site at http://www.hcvwireless.com.

About HCV Wireless

HCV Wireless is an innovative designer and developer of wireless distributed computing solutions. Through implementation of world-class technology and alignment with industry leaders, HCV Wireless seeks to become the preferred choice of application developers and OEMs requiring intelligent infrastructure solutions for wireless connectivity applications.

Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, HCV Wireless sells and distributes developer, module and custom solutions to developers worldwide. HCV Wireless received seed funding from inQbator in September 2001 under the BITS funding program.

Press enquiries are welcome at press@hcvwireless.com, or +61 7 3327 9858.

BlueMod is a registered trademark of HCV Wireless. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. USA and licensed to HCV Wireless. Palm is a trademark of Palm, Inc. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other names and trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.


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