Monday, April 20, 2009

Bluetooth 3.0 Promises Speeds of up to 24 Mbps via 802.11

The Bluetooth SIG formally adopted Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 + High Speed (HS), or Bluetooth 3.0.

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

Bluetooth 3.0 leverages the 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) to enable 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. This newest version of Bluetooth technology builds on the inherent qualities of the current 2.1 + EDR version, including Simple Secure Pairing and built-in, automatic security. And as with all versions of the Bluetooth specification, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS provides backwards compatibility.

End products for consumers are expected to be in the market in 9 to 12 months.

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