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Bluetooth 3.0 + HS brings faster transfer speeds and better power management to mobile devices. Broadcom is already jumping on board with the new specification and already has compliant chips. Can you say wireless transfers at 24 Mbps?

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USB 3.0 isn’t the only new computing standard we’ll be getting used to this year. The Bluetooth spec marches forward to version 3.0 as well. Broadcom, a maker of wireless radio chipsets and other internal bits, says it’s ready for the Bluetooth 3.0 now, both from a hardware and software perspective. Broadcom’s BCM2070, BCM2075, BCM43225 and BCM4325 chips, along with the BCM94312 half mini-card Bluetooth + WLAN solution are already certified for Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, which stands for “high speed.” And the company’s BTE-Mobile 3.15.2, BTW 5.6, and BTW 6 software also meet the spec. So what are the big benefits of these advances? Broadcom sums it up:

  • 10 times the transmission speed over previous Bluetooth specifications.
  • Expanded capabilities for remote control applications featuring Unicast Connectionless Data (UCD) functionality that enables low power operation and reduced latency for CE remote control applications.
  • Enhanced powerful security capabilities with support for the new Read Encryption Key Size feature that allows Bluetooth applications to ensure an appropriate level of communications security.

Put in simpler terms: Bluetooth 3.0 + HS brings faster, more secure wireless transactions and better power management. One of the key features is the speedier transfer rates, which can leverage 802.11n Wi-Fi for up to 24 Mbps of data throughput. That sounds eerily similar to the Bluetooth over Wi-Fi demos we saw this time last year — and in fact, the Bluetooth SIG specifically mentions “Alternate MAC/PHY,” which was the method used in last year’s demo. You shouldn’t have to wait long for the new Bluetooth features — Broadcom indicates that it’s already shipping in some PCs and smartphones.

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  1. With this newer BT 3.0 I can see camera’s having BT built-in to transfer pictures to your computer, digital picture frame, your HDTV to view, and to your iPad. ;) Had to say that.

  2. If it’s already shipping then support for MW6.5 is given. Question is, will WM7 require BT3.0 in hardware, and if not, will 3.0 devices pair with current 2.1/2.0 devices.

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