From its annual All Hands Meeting in Tokyo this week, the Bluetooth SIG formally adopted Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 High Speed, or 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.
Bluetooth 3.0 gets its speed from the 802.11 radio protocol. The inclusion of the 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) provides increased throughput of data transfers at the approximate rate of 24 Mbps. In addition, mobile devices including Bluetooth 3.0 will realize increased power savings due to enhanced power control built in. The new specification includes simple pairing and automatic security. The security features are needed to ensure for one that your keystrokes can’t be captured form a Bluetooth keyboard. The spec will also broaden the availability of wireless bulk synchronization of music libraries. Products using Bluetooth 3.0 are expected to be available in 9 to 12 months.
“Like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, this latest version was ‘born to go fast,’ said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. ”Utilizing the 802.11 radio was a natural choice as it provides efficiencies for both our members and consumers – members get more function out of the two radios they are already including in devices, and consumers with Bluetooth v3.0 products will get faster exchange of information without changing how they connect. We are excited to expand the possibilities of the PAN.”
With the availability of Bluetooth version 3.0 HS, consumers can expect to move large data files of videos, music and photos between their own devices and the trusted devices of others, without the need for cables and wires. Some applications consumers will experience include:
- Wirelessly bulk synchronize music libraries between PC and music player or phone
- Bulk download photos to a printer or PC
- Send video files from camera or phone to computer or television