WiFi Fast Bluetooth 3.0 Spec Debuts 21 April

Looks set to rejuvenate this ubiquitous technology.

Bluetooth may be a universally installed technology but is it is also a much underused one, something the impending 3.0 specification could be about to change…

Official body, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has confirmed just before we all tuck into our chocolaty eggs that Bluetooth v3.0 will be formally unveiled on 21 April. No specific figures have been released about the latest edition, but the organisation’s official language can leave no one in doubt that this looks to be a biggie:

“The speed of Bluetooth 3.0 will expand home entertainment and CE use cases in these under-penetrated markets,” it said in an official statement. “Transferring an entire music library, a complete DVD, a vacation’s worth of photos, all within seconds at the touch of a button and wirelessly will now be possible. And while speed is the coolest part of 3.0, there’s also good news for the headset and handset crowds – a new feature called Enhanced Power Control reduces the incidence of disconnects caused by movement such as placing a phone in a pocket or purse.”

It continued: “On the technical side, it is a Generic Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP) that will enable Bluetooth profiles to take advantage of 802.11 speeds. The 802.11 Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL) will enable the Generic AMP feature to be used with an 802.11 radio.”

Now hugely promising as this sounds, what really excites me is the potential for mass storage related products like Leyio (something I will actually see in the flesh next week).

I’ll be watching Bluetooth 3.0 developments like a hawk – so let’s see if it really can give WiFi something to think about…

Bluetooth SIG

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