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connectBlue® was founded in 2000 with the vision to meet the future demand for reliable, cost-efficient wireless systems. Experience told us to focus on a few key requirements: Compatibility, extended life cycles and performance. Still today, these requirements are the focus of our delivery. Over the years, we have met several milestones (as seen below) and on May 19, 2014, the latest milestone was announced as we were acquired by u-blox.

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2000 - connectBlue Established

  • Establishes connectBlue AB on March 27th and operation starts in July
  • Bluetooth SIG member as of June
  • Employees have expertise in industrial demands and wireless technologies from the start

2001 - Birth of Industrial Bluetooth

  • Launched the world's first industrial Bluetooth product
  • The product compatibility strategy born in April
  • ABB shows Bluetooth based process I/O at Interkama, Düsseldorf, in September
  • Phoenix Contact shows Ethernet cable replacement at SPS/IPC/Drives in November

2002 - Bluetooth Generation 2

  • Launch of Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter generation 2 - became a best seller
  • Developed the "embedded communication interface" - became the standard in Infineon's Bluetooth solutions

2003 - Bluetooth in Medical

2004 – First Real-time Wireless I/O

  • World's first industrial real-time Wireless IO-system
  • Bluetooth easy pairing/configuration with ID plug patent by connectBlue

2005 - Bluetooth Generation 3

  • Close partnership with Philips/NXP on Bluetooth, Wireless LAN and NFC
  • Launch of Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter generation 3 - modular, backwards compatible design
  • Launch of the Bluetooth AP generation 2

2006 – Wireless LAN & ZigBee

2007 – US Office Opens

2008 – Intense Development

  • Heavily involved in the Bluetooth SIG technology development:
    • Chair of the Industrial working group
    • Medical working group
    • Bluetooth low energy group
    • Sensor profile specification development
  • Launch of Ethernet Port Adapter - the intelligent antenna™
    • Wireless LAN – IEEE 802.11 b/g
    • Bluetooth
    • Built-in antenna
    • SMART configuration mode

2009 – German Office Opens

  • World’s 1st Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n industrial module
  • connectBlue expands with new German subsidiary
  • Bluetooth v2.1+EDR module - customer application platform

2010 – 10 Years of Wireless Innovation

2011 – Global Expansion

2012 – Bluetooth Low Energy Technology 

2013 – Product Features & Anhancements

2014 – Multiradio & Internet of Things