With the specifications set in stone for Bluetooth 4.0, the parade begins for the many devices that will carry the label on them. A new load of devices which will use less power, have greater range, and more capabilities will be coming soon, most likely by the end of this year or beginning of the next.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has today officially yet formally opened the flood gates for the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 by providing the standard’s data to adopters and launching a Qualification Program for supporting products.
Bluetooth 4.0 enables the same peak transfer speed as its predecessor (24 Mbps) but it brings some juicy updates like multi-vendor interoperability, AES-128 encryption, an expanded range of 100+ meters, low latency (3ms), and lower power requirements which mean Bluetooth can be integrated into even more compact devices, including those equipped with coin-cell batteries.
“The finalization of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology within the Core Specification is a monumental achievement,” said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth wireless technology can now, with the hard work of our members and our world-class qualification program, really do it all.”
Bluetooth 4.0 could begin reaching consumers late this year or in early 2011.
With so many things coming, and the ability of different vendors making interoperable stuff, the concept of a PAN [personal area network] will be more than an idea in a few people’s minds. We will begin seeing devices that will allow each member in a family to have their own networked things, all the while co-existing with everyone else in the house, yet hooking up to a few common items, which will make for more of the dream house that was envisioned years ago in “Homes of the Future”.
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