Battery Friendly ® Bulletin ® The Newsletter for Resellers, Partners and Customers of Socket Communications Volume 2, Issue 3 THE WORLD IS YOUR NETWORK™ Fall 2000 Socket’s Digital Phone Cards Now PARTNERS Available at Sprint PCS Retail Stores Sprint PCS has incorporated Socket’s Digital Phone Card into the Sprint PCS Wireless Web Connection Card Kit, offered as part of the Sprint PCS Wire- Highlights less Web for Business. The connection kit offers another option for wireless data users to access • Sprint PCS Retail Stores the Internet or their corporate networks via the Offer Digital Phone Card Sprint PCS all-digital nationwide network. • Microsoft and Socket to Wireless Web Connection Card Kits are now avail- Collaborate on Bluetooth able on Sprint PCS retail shelves and on the Sprint • Digital Phone Card Works PCS web site at www.sprintpcs.com. With Motorola Phones (Continued on page 3) Microsoft and Socket to Work on PARTNERS • Digital Phone Card News • Next-generation Plug-in Cards for Windows and Palm OS Handheld PCs Bluetooth Compatibility for Pocket PCs As part of Socket’s goal to make Bluetooth wire- • Mobile Technology less technology available to users of Pocket PCs, • Bluetooth Evaluation Kit notebooks and other mobile computing platforms powered by Microsoft's Windows operating sys- • Bluetooth Strategy Paper tem, Socket has delivered to Microsoft the first functional manufacturing samples of Socket's Per- sonal Network Card, a CompactFlash Type I plug-in card with an integrated Bluetooth radio. Inside this issue: (Continued on page 7) Partner News Product News 1 1 DPC Supports Motorola Phones NEW PRODUCT Socket’s Digital Phone Card wireless connectivity Featured Application 2 kit is now available for web-ready mobile phones The DPC Reviewed 3 from Motorola’s popular StarTAC®, Timeport™, Talkabout® and V. Series™ product lines. Mobile Technology 4 The Digital Phone Card is a low-power plug-in card Bluetooth News 5 that makes it easy to connect any Windows-based Pocket PC, handheld PC or notebook, or an Apple Events and Links 8 (Continued on page 4) PAGE 2 B A T T E R Y F R I E N D L Y B U L LE T I N VOLUM E 2, I S S UE 3 Digital Phone Card Keeps Developer Connected CASE STUDY palm- Wireless Internet access plus multimedia capability of Windows-based palm-top score a knockout for game developer Windows- Like many other traveling business profes- sionals, Quinn McLaughlin, CEO of Osiris Studios of Santa Cruz, has long sought a fast and convenient means of accessing his e-mail and corporate network while away from his office, but was dissatisfied with sluggish solutions. “I hate booting laptops, it takes forever,” he said. But now, with the Socket Digital Phone Card, which he uses with a Cassiopeia palm-top from Casio, he said, “I can check e-mail in thirty seconds from anywhere.” An Official Developer for Playstation and Dreamcast, Osiris Studios specializes in creating cutting-edge 3D immersive video games, and upcoming projects include boxing and surfing games that feature the latest in animation technology. he can watch with his palm-top's multimedia player. While downloading videos at trade shows or at last-minute meetings to Accordingly, McLaughlin appreciates using the Socket Digital Phone make on-the-spot presentations, McLaughlin said that he often Card with his "instant-on" Palm-size PC not only because of their amazes prospective clients with his ability to use wireless technology speed and convenience, but also because they let him remotely ac- to access full-color graphics and animation. cess colorful graphics on the fly. “People are just blown away,” he said. Besides browsing the web in full-color, McLaughlin uses the Socket Digital Phone Card and his Palm-size PC to retrieve color videos that You can visit the Osiris Studios web at www.osirisstudios.com 3- FEATURED APPLICATION dbBridge’s 3-Tier Solution for Remote Access Designed to be efficient at any speed, dbBridge lets mobile workers interact with a wide range of remote databases Reports and others can connect from anywhere to centrally-located databases to retrieve and update data, using the Internet as a virtual database network Dalco Technologies’ dbBridge is a database connectivity product that anchored by a client-side gives mobile workers real-time access to a variety of corporate data- connector and server-side bases over the Internet. dbBridge replaces traditional client/server data engines. (2-tier) environments with a modern 3-tier (client/middle/server) con- nectivity architecture that creates a middle tier placed between the Because dbBridge is designed to be efficient at all transfer rates, it’s application (client) and the database (server). a great fit for wireless technology such as Socket’s Digital Phone Card, which operates at whatever speed is supported by an attached dbBridge’s multi-tier approach enables client applications and server mobile phone’s wireless network. In fact, the Digital Phone Card databases to reside in different locations and connect to each other leads Dalco’s list of approved wireless connection solutions. dbBridge over any typical transport, including the Internet. Application and de- currently supports Windows-based notebooks and Dalco has an- veloper tools such as Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, Excel, Visual nounced upcoming support for Windows CE-based palmtop and C++, MS Office 2000, Lotus 1.2.3., C++ Builder, Delphi, Crystal handheld computers. For more information, visit www.dbbridge.com VOLUM E 2, I S S UE 3 B A T T E R Y F R I E N D L Y B U L LE T I N PAGE 3 Sprint PCS Retails Digital Phone Card PARTNERS Pocket Whether you want wireless Internet access, mobile data collection, or a music break, Pocket PCs have the whole (Continued from page 1) The $99.99 package (shown at right) includes: • The CompactFlash Digital Phone Card with an integrated cable to attach to a Sprint PCS mobile phone • A PC Card adapter that allows the card to be operated with Win- dows notebooks and Apple PowerBooks • A CD with Sprint PCS’s value-added communication software • Extensive documentation “Sprint PCS continues to offer the highest quality innovative solutions and products for businesses by working with companies like Socket Communications. Essentially, these devices are productivity tools for mobile workers,” said Jay Highley, vice president, Business Customer Unit for Sprint PCS. “The Wireless Web Connection Card Kit provides employees with access to mission-critical corporate information, when and where they need it, virtually anywhere on the Sprint PCS nationwide wireless network. This is one of many solutions that fall under the umbrella of our Wireless Web for Business.” Sprint PCS operates the largest 100 percent digital, 100 percent PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint PCS has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 270 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit the Sprint PCS web site at www.sprintpcs.com REVIEW SJ Mercury Gives Thumbs Up to Digital Phone Card Reviewer for Silicon Valley’s top newspaper experiences the power of untethered connectivity and likes it The San Jose Mercury News, type up a column and get it into another computer with relative ease Silicon Valley’s leading newspa- and comfort. I've already used this gear to update my online column, per, gave a thumbs-up review of and can easily foresee a day when I'll use it, or its next generation, as Socket’s Digital Phone Card used my routine writing tool — and more. with an HP Jornada 540 Pocket PC, a Qualcomm mobile phone I like the Socket card a great deal, in part because this package lets with Sprint PCS wireless service, me dial into my own Internet service provider and doesn't force me to and Think Outside’s ultra- pay for yet another communications service. The card connects my compact Stowaway keyboard (available from Targus International). mobile phone both to the Journada and, with a simple PC Card adapter, my notebook computer. These excerpted comments were written by reporter Dan Gillmor as part of his quest for “achieving genuine portability in computing and It's only a matter of time, I'm certain, before journalism organiza- communications without making major sacrifices in capability.” tions — among many other kinds of enterprises — equip people with these kinds of systems. For the first time in my journalism career, I can wander around with- out being tethered — without carrying anything that doesn't fit easily For the full text of this review, visit the San Jose Mercury web at into pockets or that requires a land line telephone — yet be able to www.sjmercury.com/svtech/columns/front/docs/dg082300.htm PAGE 4 B A T T E R Y F R I E N D L Y B U L LE T I N VOLUM E 2, I S S UE 3 Hi- HP Ships New Hi-Performance Handheld PC MOBILE TECHNOLOGY built- plus Jornada 720 includes built-in software drivers for Socket’s Low Power Ethernet Card plus support for Digital Phone Card HP’s new Jornada 720 Handheld The Jornada 720 also works with Socket’s family of Battery Friendly PC represents the state of the art plug-in cards, including the Digital Phone Card, which can connect for “clamshell” portable com- the handheld computer to a data-capable mobile phone for wireless puters. The HP Jornada 720’s web browsing, e-mail, and remote network access. Additional cards rich-color ½ VGA display, ¾ full- from Socket add bar code scanning capability, Ethernet connectivity, size touch-typeable keyboard, and general-purpose COM ports for attaching serial peripherals. 206MHz StrongARM processor, Socket has also demonstrated a Bluetooth-compatible plug-in card. and 2-D graphics acceleration combine to make it the muscle To make the installation of Socket cards a snap, HP has created a machine of handhelds. plug-and-play solution by incorporating software drivers for Socket’s Low Power Ethernet Card into the HP Jornada 720's read-only mem- And that’s only the hardware. The HP Jornada 720 Handheld PC’s ory. The Jornada 720 also automatically recognizes Socket’s Digital operating system is the new Microsoft Windows for Handheld PC Phone Card. This eliminates the need for special setup software and 2000 software that includes pocket versions of Microsoft’s popular allows users to add connectivity instantly. business applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The HP Jornada 720 also offers high-quality multimedia with Micro- “HP and Socket have worked closely together to ensure compatibility soft’s Windows Media Player software and a stereo audio jack. between the Jornada family of PC companions and Socket’s Battery Friendly plug-in cards,” said Kok-Khoon Lim, general manager of HP's The HP Jornada 720 supports full-featured web browsing with Micro- Asia Pacific PC Division. “As a result of this collaboration, the HP Jor- soft Internet Explorer v 4.01 and has a built-in 56Kbps v.90 modem nada 720 works readily with Socket’s broad range of plug-in cards for fast access to the Internet via a phone line. In addition, the HP which offer mobile, enterprise-wide applications for both wireless Jornada 720 can run for up to nine hours on its rechargeable battery. and wired connectivity.” Digital Phone Card Supports Motorola Phones NEW PRODUCT Motorola’s popular mobile handsets can now be used as wireless modems for a variety of mobile computers (Continued from page 1) Internet,” said Peter Phillips, director of product marketing for Socket. PowerBook, to a data-capable mobile phone and to use the phone as "We’ve worked closely with Motorola to ensure compatibility with wireless modem for location-independent Internet access. these popular handsets.” Mobile computer users in the U.S. and Canada who subscribe to data For a current list of mobile phones compatible with the Digital Phone service on CDMA digital networks from Sprint PCS, Verizon, Bell Mo- www.DigitalPhoneCard.com Card, visit www.DigitalPhoneCard.com bility, Telus Mobility and others can use a Digital Phone Card and a compatible Motorola phone to send and receive e-mail, browse the web, synchronize files, or remotely access their corporate network — all wirelessly. Subscribe to SUBSCRIPTIONS Richard N. Clark, Director of IT Architecture for LSI Logic, took part in the Battery Friendly Bulletin the beta test program for the Motorola-compatible version of the Digi- Socket publishes the Battery Friendly Bulletin quarterly. Socket sends tal Phone Card. “The Digital Phone Card is an elegant way to achieve subscribers an e-mail index to the web version of the newsletter as mobile connectivity,” said Clark. “The card lets you attach a PDA to a soon as the web version is posted. Printed versions of the newsletter Motorola handset in seconds, so you can get useful work done in are available on request. places like an airport gate, where you may not have a lot of time or space to operate.” The web version of the newsletter often contains extra material in- cluding Tips and Tricks plus additional new product announcements. “By supporting Motorola’s phones, we’ve made it more convenient To be put on the distribution list for the e-mail index to this newslet- than ever for mobile computer users to have wireless access to the ter, send a request via e-mail to: BatteryFriendly@socketcom.com VOLUM E 2, I S S UE 3 B A T T E R Y F R I E N D L Y B U L LE T I N PAGE 5 Bluetooth Evaluation Kit for Developers DEVELOPERS Socket’s Bluetooth CompactFlash cards and software will help enable a new generation of wireless applications Socket has begun an evaluation pro- gram intended to help application designers use Socket's Bluetooth technology to create wireless solu- tions for Windows-powered Pocket PCs and notebooks. Socket's Bluetooth Evaluation Program is open to qualified developers and includes an evaluation kit that features two of Socket’s Bluetooth- compatible Personal Network Cards plus Windows software and documentation. Due to limited supplies of Personal Network Cards during the remain- der of 2000, Socket is offering the Evaluation Kit to qualified develop- ers who complete a questionnaire indicating their application meets the criteria for Bluetooth implementation. The first kits will be re- stricted to developers interested in a limited range of applications. Socket began shipping its early version Bluetooth Evaluation Kits to a limited number of platform partners in September 2000. Each kit is priced at $1299. This price includes the hardware, software and become available. Socket expects that the first available updates will documentation indicated below. Initial shipments include: include: • 2 CompactFlash Type 1 Personal Networking Cards (PNCs) that • Serial Port Emulator are Bluetooth compatible • Dial-up networking application for use with a WinCE 2.11 and • 2 extended PC Card adapters for handheld PCs and notebooks above based computer or PDA and a mobile phone • Documentation on the kit and supported operating systems • Documentation on how the dial up networking application works (initially Windows CE 2.11 and above) • Pairing wizard application • Information about how to get free firmware upgrades to Socket’s By mid-October, Socket expects Bluetooth Evaluation Kits will be Bluetooth CompactFlash cards available for qualified developers who can benefit from file transfer applications. Platform partners who obtain the early version Socket The first Bluetooth Evaluation Kits support point-to-point applications Bluetooth Evaluation Kits will be able to get free updates and en- only. In November 2000, Socket expects to begin shipping its second hancements, which will include: Bluetooth Evaluation Kits, which will include an external Bluetooth • File transfer application over RFCOMM between two computers module development platform plus two CompactFlash Type I PNCs running Windows CE with the latest firmware. The module will enable development of • Documentation on how the file transfer application works point-to-multipoint applications. Each kit will be priced at $1999 and • Additional support for file transfer between Windows CE and Win- include all of the software and documentation contained in the first dows 9x/2000/Me computers Bluetooth Evaluation Kits. Customers who have purchased the first • Additional support for file transfer between two computers running application kits will have the opportunity to obtain the module devel- Windows 9x/2000/Me opment platform and the updates for $700. In addition, Socket expects to provide a dial-up networking applica- “Bluetooth technology could radically simplify the way mobile com- tion as soon as one or more Bluetooth enabled phones are made puters communicate with one another and with other electronic de- available to developers. Because a limited number of Bluetooth- vices,” said Len Ott, vice-president of engineering for Socket Commu- enabled phone prototypes are beginning to emerge from a few hand- nications. "Our Bluetooth Evaluation Program will help put developers set manufacturers, Socket expects to be able to provide a dial-up on the fast track for building Bluetooth-enabled wireless applications networking application to Evaluation Program Developers by the end so they are ready to roll when Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, LAN of November. access points and other devices become available.” All participants in the Socket Bluetooth Evaluation Program will be For more details on the Socket’s Bluetooth Evaluation Program and to able to download the software updates and enhancements as they www.socketcom.com/btintro.htm sign up as a participant, visit: www.socketcom.com/btintro.htm PAGE 6 B A T T E R Y F R I E N D L Y B U L LE T I N VOLUM E 2, I S S UE 3 Socket and ZIO Aim at Fun Side of Bluetooth BLUETOOTH NEWS Windows- Pocket New Bluetooth wireless standard will enable multiplayer games on Windows-powered Pocket PCs Socket and ZIO Interactive, Inc. have an- emulator that features full-color, real-time 3D acceleration graphics, nounced an agreement to develop and mar- sound, and a library of scenic golf courses. By plugging Socket’s Blue- ket Bluetooth-enabled multiplayer games tooth Personal Network Card into a Pocket PC, users will be able to for Windows Powered Pocket PCs. By com- compete against other players up to 10 meters away. bining Socket’s Bluetooth wireless technol- ogy with ZIO’s 3D interactive game soft- “Pocket PCs are designed for work and play,” said Rogers Weed, ware, the companies will offer Pocket PC director of marketing for the Productivity Appliances Division at Mi- users “entertainment groupware” that will crosoft Corp. “By making use of the standards-based expandability of take advantage of the new Bluetooth stan- Pocket PCs, Socket and ZIO have opened the door to an exciting new dard for wireless personal area networking. class of multiplayer entertainment products that harness the sponta- neous connectivity of Bluetooth.” The first product expected from the collabo- ration is a Bluetooth-enabled version of ZIOGolf, ZIO’s popular golf You can visit ZIO’s web at http://www.zio.co.kr/english/index.html Socket to Support New SD I/O Standard BLUETOOTH NEWS Socket will work with Microsoft, Palm, SanDisk and others to implement new SD I/O standard Socket is working with leaders in the mobile computing industry in- held computers, and other elec- cluding Microsoft, Palm and SanDisk to define and implement the SD tronic devices. I/O Card, a new standard for plug-in connectivity based on an exten- sion of the SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card. SD I/O Cards will make "Standards-based expandability it easy to add input/output capability such as Bluetooth wireless net- adds to the attractiveness of a working and Ethernet connectivity to future handheld computers, handheld computer by offering Internet appliances and other portable electronic devices. users a wider range of enhance- ments than is possible with a Approximately the size of a postage stamp, SD I/O Cards will have proprietary scheme,” said Carl the same dimensions as SD Memory Cards. The miniature plug-in Yankowski, Palm's chief executive cards will work in expansion slots that will also accept SD Memory officer. "We are pleased that Socket is committed to making SD I/O a Cards or MultiMediaCards, flash memory storage modules currently viable standard and we believe our customers will benefit from hav- used in Internet music players, mobile phones, digital cameras, hand- ing access to Socket’s innovative plug-in cards.” Socket and Intermec Team on Bluetooth BLUETOOTH NEWS Companies will collaborate on developing and marketing wireless connectivity solutions for supply chain management Socket is working with Intermec Technologies Corp., a global leader enable Intermec's products, which include handheld computers, in automated data collection and mobile computing systems, to pro- scanners, and printers, to be connected wirelessly to form spontane- vide the supply chain management market with connectivity solu- ous personal area networks. tions that incorporate Bluetooth wireless technology. “Intermec has years of experience providing wireless solutions to the Under the agreement, Intermec will purchase and license Socket’s supply chain management market,” said Arvin Danielson, vice presi- Bluetooth products and technology for use in Intermec’s mobile data dent product development of Intermec. “Our agreement with Socket collection products. In addition, Intermec will sell Socket’s Battery will streamline our efforts to incorporate Bluetooth technology into Friendly line of CompactFlash plug-in cards for enhancing the connec- our product line so that we can offer our customers the benefits of tivity of mobile computers. Both companies will work together to standards-based wireless connectivity.” facilitate the interoperability of future Bluetooth-enabled devices used in the supply chain management industry. Bluetooth technology will You can find out more about Intermec by visiting www.intermec.com VOLUM E 2, I S S UE 3 B A T T E R Y F R I E N D L Y B U L LE T I N PAGE 7 Socket Releases Bluetooth Strategy Paper BLUETOOTH NEWS Socket’s Socket’s Bluetooth strategy paper describes the Bluetooth market opportunity and Socket’s product road map Socket’s “Bluetooth Wireless Network Strat- egy” paper describes the Bluetooth market opportunity and Socket’s product road map. Here is the report’s Executive Summary: Palm-top computers are undergoing a monu- mental change. From simple devices used mainly to carry personal information, these pocket-size computers are evolving into the ultimate mobile connectivity machines. By 2003, most palm-top computers will have instant access to the Internet and to office networks for wireless e-mail, web browsing, file exchange, games, and real-time video. They will be able to network on-the-fly with nearby computers. And they will be able to interact Socket’s first Bluetooth product is the Personal Network Card. This wirelessly with almost a billion electronic appliances, including mobile CompactFlash I/O card adds Bluetooth capability to any Windows- phones, printers, digital cameras, web TVs, LAN access points, auto based Pocket PC, handheld PC, pen tablet or notebook. The card has PCs, bar code scanners, home entertainment and security systems, been demonstrated by Microsoft — most notably at the Pocket PC kiosks, vending machines, automated toll booths — any intelligent launch in April, 2000 at New York’s Grand Central Station — and will device whose usefulness or enjoyability could be improved through initially be available to Socket’s strategic development and marketing invisible connectivity. partners. Socket will soon provide details on a Bluetooth module for embedded applications. Socket is helping to define new standards This wireless millennium will be enabled by a short-range radio speci- for future plug-in cards such as SD I/O, which will add Bluetooth fication called Bluetooth. Low cost, low power, and global compatibil- compatibility to next-generation mobile computers based on Win- ity have helped Bluetooth attract such massive industry support that dows, the Palm OS, and other operating systems. it is likely to be the fastest growing technology ever. Socket’s Bluetooth technology will be available as Socket-labeled, Socket intends to be the leading provider of Bluetooth wireless net- co-labeled, and private labeled products and sold through distribu- working solutions for Windows-based palm-top and handheld com- tors, retailers, on-line resellers, and OEMs. Socket is collaborating puters and associated peripherals. Socket will use this leadership with development and sales partners in mainstream and vertical position as a base to enter other Bluetooth markets that will span markets. Socket will add value by being early to market, offering in- Palm OS-based palm-tops, Windows notebooks, and a range of intel- novative hardware and software, and working with quality partners ligent appliances. Socket’s Bluetooth solutions will include a growing to deliver end-to-end solutions. portfolio of standards-based plug-in cards, proprietary embedded modules, system-level software and application programs. Download the full report from www.socketcom.com/investor.htm Socket’s Bluetooth Alliance with Microsoft NEW PRODUCT Pocket Socket delivers Microsoft the first Bluetooth CompactFlash evaluation cards for Pocket PCs (Continued from page 1) innovator in developing wireless connectivity products for Pocket PC users, and Socket's Personal Network Card adds another dimension As part of a strong relationship, Socket and Microsoft will work to- to the rich functionality Pocket PC users already enjoy.” gether to ensure compatibility between Socket's Bluetooth products and future versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. “Bluetooth wireless technology is about to rewrite the rules for mo- bile connectivity," said Margarete Ralston, senior director Bluetooth “We are pleased to be working with Socket to help bring the promise programs for Socket Communications. "We are excited to be working of anytime, anywhere information access via Bluetooth wireless with Microsoft to make sure that Windows-powered Pocket PCs are technology to Pocket PC customers everywhere,” said Mike Foley, among the first mobile computing platforms to offer Bluetooth solu- Bluetooth Software Architect at Microsoft Corp. “Socket is a leading tions." SOCKET COMMUNICATION S 37400 CENTRAL COURT NEWARK, CA 94560 Phone: 510-744-2700 Fax: 510-744-2727 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.socketcom.com The World Is Your Network™ T hi s newsletter i s available on - line at: www.socketcom.com/nlfall0.htm EVENTS Hot Links Events Schedule Helpful Web Pages Embedded Systems Conference Resellers Web Kit When: September 24-28, 2000 Socket has updated the downloadable “web kit” designed to help Where: San Jose Conventions Center, San Jose, CA resellers and partners incorporate images and descriptions of Socket's products into web pages. Visit the Resellers section of See Socket's products at the largest conference and trade show Socket’s web for download instructions. 100% focused on existing and emerging technologies for software and hardware engineers in the embedded systems industry. Technical Data Sheets If you want to look a little deeper into the technical aspects of CTIA Wireless I.T. 2000 Detailed Socket's products, check out the Detailed Technical Specifications When: October 16-18, 2000 datasheets. These documents are available on Socket's web next to Where: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA the Features and Benefits datasheets. Socket will join 200 exhibitors at the premiere convention focused exclusively on wireless data, mobile computing and wireless Internet Digital Phone Card Web Site solutions for all levels of users. Socket maintains a web site dedicated to the Digital Phone Card. This includes information about compatibility, coverage, and wireless Comdex 2000 technology. Visit www.DigitalPhoneCard.com When: November 13-17, 2000 Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV Product Compatibility Charts Booth: Microsoft Pavilion Socket regularly updates compatibility charts for Battery Friendly plug-in cards, Windows computers, Windows operating systems, See Socket’s latest wireless products, including the new Bluetooth and mobile phones. Visit the Products section of Socket’s web. Personal Network Card, at North America’s top computer show.