Bluetooth SIG Adopts Version 1.2 of Wireless Technology Specification

Adaptive Frequency Hopping, Improved Voice Quality and Faster Connection Setup

Enhance User Experience

Nov 05, 2003, 00:00 ET from Bluetooth Special Interest Group

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bluetooth Special Interest
 Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for Bluetooth wireless
 technology, today announced the adoption of Bluetooth Specification Version
 1.2.  The updated version of the core specification ushers in a new era for
 the short-range wireless technology and includes new features resulting in a
 more reliable and robust user experience for consumers.
     "The adoption of Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.2 is the perfect
 example of what an industry can accomplish together in creating a standard,"
 said Mike McCamon, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.  "All of the work
 to complete this specification was done by the members, for the members of the
 Bluetooth SIG.  It is a huge accomplishment."
     This new version of the Bluetooth Core Specification was designed for
 developers by developers with a view toward a more positive user experience
 and the future wireless world.  The current specification is included in over
 1000 products as diverse as computer mice and mobile phones to automobiles and
 various computing products.  Version 1.2 is also intended to set the stage for
 the development of a growing number of mainstream products such as more
 feature rich mobile phones, headsets, PDAs, digital music players, cameras and
 laptops in a consumer's Personal Area Network.
     The Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.2 introduces a host of new
 features intended to make Bluetooth wireless technology easier and more
 reliable to use:
      --  Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) -- AFH was explicitly designed to
          reduce interference between wireless technologies sharing the 2.4 GHz
          spectrum.  Cordless telephones, microwave ovens and certain Wireless
          Local Area Networking (WLAN) technologies, including IEEE 802.11b and
          IEEE 802.11g, generally share the same wireless frequencies as
          Bluetooth wireless technology.  AFH works within the spectrum to take
          advantage of the available frequencies without limiting the Bluetooth
          transmission to a set of frequencies occupied by other technologies.
          This 'adaptive hopping' allows for more efficient transmission within
          the spectrum, thereby providing the user with greater performance,
          even if using other technologies along with the Bluetooth wireless
      --  Enhanced Voice Processing -- This feature is designed to improve the
          quality of voice connections, particularly in noisy environments,
          using error detection methodologies.
      --  Faster Connection Setup -- This version of the wireless technology
          allows for even faster connections to other Bluetooth wireless
          devices, thus improving the user experience.
      --  Backward Compatible -- As a core feature, the new version of the
          Bluetooth Core Specification is backward compatible with 1.1
          Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.1 products, allowing users of
          nearly all existing Bluetooth equipped devices to easily work with
          products built to the new Specification.
     "The Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.2 adaptive frequency hopping
 feature opens up possibilities for complimentary wireless technologies to
 coexist in devices such as PCs, PDAs, and mobile phones," said Wiliam Clark,
 research director at Gartner, Inc.
     Consumer products that incorporate the new version of the Specification
 are expected to begin shipping in the next quarter, with greater volumes
 arriving in the market over the next 12-18 months.
     About the Bluetooth SIG
     Bluetooth(R) wireless technology is revolutionizing the personal
 connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections.  It is a
 specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links
 between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices,
 and connectivity to the Internet.  The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG),
 comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network
 industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to
 market.  The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter group companies Agere, Ericsson,
 IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and thousands of Associate
 and Adopter member companies.  The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. headquarters are
 located in Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.A.  For more information please visit .
     The Bluetooth word mark and logo are registered trademarks and are owned
 by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
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SOURCE Bluetooth Special Interest Group