Plantronics, Inc., (NYSE:PLT), the world leader in communications headsets, and Philips Semiconductors, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, today announced that Plantronics has selected Philips Semiconductors as a technology partner in the development of their Bluetooth(TM) headsets. Bluetooth wireless technology will enable wireless communication between the headset and applications such as mobile phones, computers and PDAs, significantly increasing convenience and freedom.
Plantronics is basing its first Bluetooth-enabled headset on the industry-leading, second-generation Bluetooth chipset from Philips Semiconductors. This chipset provides high-quality sound and reliability at an attractive price. The first headset is expected to be available in spring 2001, and will be fully Bluetooth compliant. With over 126 million Bluetooth-enabled products such as mobile phones, notebook PCs, digital cameras and other handheld devices expected on the market by 2002, both companies are positioned to participate in this explosive growth.
"Plantronics superior sound quality and expertise in ergonomics, combined with the Bluetooth wireless technology, will take personal communication to a new level of comfort and convenience," said Ken Kannappan, president and CEO of Plantronics. "This is a natural progression toward making the voice-activated technologies of the future easier and more effective. We're pleased to be working with Philips Semiconductors to deliver hands-free, wireless headsets to our customers worldwide."
"Combining our expertise in silicon systems solutions with Plantronics' in-depth knowledge of the headset market, we will strive to encourage interoperability while developing high-quality products for our customers" added Peter Baumgartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Communications at Philips Semiconductors.
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