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
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by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
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SOURCE Bluetooth Special Interest Group