The History of Bluetooth


The Bluetooth SIG
The name “Bluetooth” and its logo are trademarked by the privately held trade association named the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).


Founded in September 1998, the Bluetooth SIG is a unification of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, network, industrial automation, and Automotive industries. Today, the Bluetooth SIG is responsible for encouraging and supporting research and development in Bluetooth technology.


The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter member companies Microsoft, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Agere, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba, plus thousands of Associate and Adopter member companies (`s parent company, SP Commerce LLC, is a licensed and certified Adopter member of the Bluetooth SIG).


Why is It Called Bluetooth?
The developers of this wireless technology first used the name "Bluetooth" as a code name, but as time past, the name stuck.
The word "Bluetooth" is taken from the 10th century Danish King Harald Bluetooth. King Bluetooth had been influential in uniting Scandinavian Europe during an era when the region was torn apart by wars and feuding clans.
The founders of the Bluetooth SIG felt the name was fitting because:


1) Bluetooth technology was first developed in Scandinavia, and


2) Bluetooth technology is able to unite differing industries such as the cell phone, computing, and automotive markets. Bluetooth wireless technology simplifies and combines multiple forms of wireless communication into a single, secure, low-power, low-cost, globally available radio frequency.


Bluetooth Technology Over the Years

When Bluetooth was officially introduced in 1998, its intended basic purpose was to be a wire replacement technology in order to rapidly transfer voice and data.

There were many doubters who believed Bluetooth would be a distant memory in just a couple of years. However, multiple years have passed and Bluetooth continues to make strides and advancements everyday.

A lot has changed since the first Bluetooth Core Specification Version was introduced in 1998. Over the past couple years Bluetooth technology has really begun to take giant leaps forward.
In 2003, the Bluetooth SIG began a major overhaul of the Bluetooth specification with the announcement of version 2.1. Then, in 2004, Bluetooth version 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) was introduced. Devices using version 2.0 + EDR began to hit the market in late 2005.