Bluetooth technology version 3.0 gets up to 8x more faster as it was announced from an ongoing event “Version 3.0 – Bluetooth Technology, Faster an annual all hands meeting conference in Tokyo this week.
Bluetooth wireless technology is a short-range communications technology intended to replace the cables connecting portable and/or fixed devices while maintaining high levels of security.
The executive director of the Bluetooth SIG , Michael Foley, Ph.D., compared the speed of the new 3.0 to that of fictional devil-may-care race car driver Ricky Bobby.
“Like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, this latest version was ‘born to go fast,’” Foley said.
The inclusion of the 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) to the new version of Bluetooth v3.0 provides increased throughput of data at approximately 24 Mbps, roughly equivalent 8 times faster than its previous version with a speed of 3Mpbs.
“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 3.0 + HS products will get faster exchange of information without changing how they connect, Foley said.
Foley said there could be a handful of Bluetooth 3.0 devices in time for the 2009 holiday shopping, but officials don't expect a significant amount of products until next year.
Some of the new enhancement of the new version allows users to move large data files of videos, music and photos between devices with a new bulk synchronize function. This enhancement allows users to transfer whole music libraries between PC and music player or phone, bulk download photos to a printer or PC and send video files from camera or phone to computer or television.
We are excited to expand the possibilities of the PAN,” Foley added
Several major enhancements of the Bluetooth 3.0 also include Generic alternate MAC/PHY (AMP), 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL), Generic Test Methodology, Enhanced Power Control and Unicast Connectionless Data.
No Bluetooth 3.0 devices are available on the consumer at the moment. According to the Bluetooth SIG’, end products for consumers with Bluetooth 3.0 is expected to be in the market in 9 to 12 months.