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The SIG recognizes that interoperable products from multiple vendors are likely to be a key driver for the initial success of Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth wireless communication is intended to be platform-neutral and is expected to be included in many different kinds of devices. If mobile phones, mobile computers, PDAs, handheld computers, and other devices work well together, the technology is more likely to succeed in the marketplace.

To promote interoperability, the SIG has made 13 profiles part of the version 1.0 specification. These profiles define a baseline for implementations that address the version 1.0 usage cases, including the examples of headset operation and file transfer that are explored here. Profiles form the basis for interoperability by providing guidelines for implementers and testers. Both formal testing (qualification) and informal testing (unplugfests) can make use of the profiles.

Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Sweden, and licensed to promoters, associates, and adopters of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IrDA is a registered trademark of the Infrared Data Association.

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