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ULP Bluetooth Connects 50 Times Faster than Bluetooth 2.1

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Apr 14, 2008, 10:01 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Apr 14, 2008, 10:54 AM

CSR demonstrated Ultra Low Power Bluetooth (formerly WiBree) data transfers recently, and showed that the technology can connect and send data up to 50 times faster and consume one-tenth the power of current Bluetooth technology. ULP Bluetooth is complimentary to standard Bluetooth, and uses a separate radio. Rather than stay constantly connected, ULP Bluetooth devices will connect when necessary using just three frequencies (rather than standard Bluetooth's 32), send a burst of simple data at high speeds, and then shut off. Because the device transfers data so quickly and spends more time off than standard Bluetooth, it uses less power. Stand-alone ULP Bluetooth devices will have battery life that is measured in years.

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Apr 14, 2008, 10:34 AM

What types of devices?

Would headsets apply? They can get so much usage that it might not be beneficial to have them going on and off all the time, though it would make for markably longer standby times. At first I thought USB dongles would be good with this technology, but they draw power from the computer or printer they're plugged into.

I'm sure if the technology comes to fruition, it will be used, but does anybody know how?
If I had to guess they'd be used for data transfer from device to device or comp to comp... possbily even for things like iPods and pocket storage devices in the future.

The way it looks it wouldn't work on a headset because of the rapid on/off swt...
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