A new version of Bluetooth technology has been introduced that is faster and provides increased throughput of data transfer. Speak English, man! OK, it means you can now transfer large amounts of video, music and photos between devices wirelessly at high speeds.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) used its annual All Hands Meeting in Tokyo this week to formally adopt Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 + High Speed (HS) – AKA Bluetooth 3.0.
"This latest iteration of the popular short-range wireless technology fulfills the consumers’ need for speed while providing the same wireless Bluetooth experience – faster," said a statement from the SIG.
"Manufacturers of consumer electronics and home entertainment devices can now build their products to send large amounts of video, music and photos between devices wirelessly at speeds consumers expect."
The 802.11 radio protocol, which is now included within Bluetooth HS, transfers data at the approximate rate of 24 Mbps.
The SIG said that mobile devices using the new standard would also realise "increased power savings due to enhanced power control built in".
The Bluetooth SIG’s formal adoption of the specification is only the first step in the product lifecycle.
End products for consumers are expected to be in the market in 9 to 12 months.
"This new specification release includes several major enhancements":
* Generic Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP)
* 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL)
* Generic Test Methodology
* Enhanced Power Control
* Unicast Connectionless Data.