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Major Technology Shift Ahead For Bluetooth

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Mar 28, 2006, 1:57 PM   by (staff)

The organizations that controls the Bluetooth standard today announced the next version of Bluetooth will see some big changes. In order to keep up with increased bandwidth requirements, the next version of Bluetooth will adopt the ultra-wideband (UWB) protocol, which uses multiband OFDM technology to transmit at speeds up to 100 Mbps over distances of 3 meters (about 10 feet). UWB developers Wi-Media Alliance and the Bluetooth SIG will work together to ensure the new version is compatible with current Bluetooth profiles, however both groups have stated the new version will operate in unlicensed spectrum above 6 GHz. Bluetooth currently operates at 2.4 GHz, so it is not clear how new devices will be backward-compatible with current accessories.



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Mar 29, 2006, 7:49 AM

Noisefloors across the world soon will rise 10dB

It will be interesting to see what will happen when UWB is deployed on a large scale.

Mar 28, 2006, 3:10 PM

giving up a lot of range

i would rather have BT rather than UWB for my HEADSET if it means 3 times the range
I think they were saying that to achieve those speeds it would have to be within 10 feet. I'm sure the range of headsets would remain the same if not go further.

Mar 28, 2006, 4:10 PM

Maybe they can fix the security bugs while they're at it?

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