Are you ready for Bluetooth 3.0? Let’s hope so, although I strongly suspect it will be here if you’re ready or not. Expectations are that the updated wireless standard will appear next week and that you won’t necessarily have to buy new hardware to take advantage of it. Aside from faster throughput of up to 480Mbps and better power management, I’m looking forward to AMP, or Alternate (MAC/PHY) Bluetooth.
AMP is the official name for using Bluetooth over Wi-Fi, something we caught an early peep of back in February. Using the new feature on a Bluetooth 3.0 device, your Bluetooth connection can piggyback over far faster 802.11 Wi-Fi networking. Where exactly might this be useful? I’d say all of those Verizon Wireless smartphones that offer Bluetooth but no Wi-Fi radio could be a big benefactor, for starters.
We still don’t know which chips from Broadcom or others might be software upgradable to the new specification, so stay tuned. Windows for Devices says we can expect all of the deets from the Bluetooth SIG on April 21st.