Bluetooth seems to remain a hot topic in the hardware scene. The USB-Bluetooth-Firewire discussion had lost momentum for the time being, but now another competitive standard is entering the market. The Canadian manufacturer Eleven surprisingly presented an alternative to the Bluetooth standard with 'Spike' at E3.
' Spike 'was originally designed for wireless transmission between game consoles, but is now set to cause a sensation in the PDA sector too. Thanks to the support of so-called 'frequency hopping', in which the transmission frequency can be changed in real time, 'spikes' should have significantly fewer problems and interactions with interference signals. Like Bluetooth, 'Spike' also offers a voice channel in addition to a data channel. The necessary hardware should only cost a fraction of US $ 6.25 for the chipset (Bluetooth approx. US $ 100). In addition to the console sector (Thomson Consumer Electronics uses 'Spike' for the X-Box), Eleven would like to concentrate mainly on the handheld and mobile PC market.