Bluetooth rate tripled - power demand halved

Market opportunities for Bluetooth - which according to the Context Bluetooth Report 2005-2009 will exceed 1.25 billion devices in 2009 - have been further enhanced by todays announcement of Bluetooth Version 2.0.

Bluetooth technology is currently the leading and only proven short-range wireless technology, used widely for personal area networking with devices like mobile phones, PCs, PDAs, headsets, and automotive hands-free systems.

The revised specification, which is backwards compatible with earlier Bluetooth versions, will now approach 3 megabits per second or higher, three times faster than Version 1.0, while enhancements in efficiency mean Bluetooth devices will consume half the power.

"The announcement paves the way for broader reach of the Bluetooth standard going forward, enabling further new devices and applications", says Andrew Wallace at Context.

In its three year plan of improvements, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) Roadmap detailed how developments will bring about CD-quality audio streaming, easy transfer of large data-intensive files, much improved security and better compatibility with other Bluetooth-embedded products, opening up further new opportunities for designers and manufacturers in industrial instrumentation, lighting and home security; all potentially controlled or interrogated by the ubiquitous, Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or PDA.

The Context Report, "Future Trends and Opportunities in the World Market for Bluetooth 2005-2009" provides a detailed breakdown by product area of the worldwide market, including size, structure and prospects through 2009, and offers up an assessment of Bluetooth opportunities and implications for EMEA manufacturers, software developers, telecom service providers and media companies.

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