Bluetooth 3.0 officially launched

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially launched Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, which is expected to create a Bluetooth market that reaches far beyond just pairing headsets. This latest version, based on WiFi, will be used for applications such as bulk transfers of music.

Utilizing the 802.11 radio was a natural choice as it provides efficiencies for both our members and consumers," said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG, in a statement. "Members get more function out of the two radios they are already including in devices, and consumers with Bluetooth 3.0 + HS products will get faster exchange of information without changing how they connect."

Bluetooth SIG said Atheros, Broadcom, and CSR announced they are incorporating the technology into wireless chips, and consumers can expect to see devices with Bluetooth 3.0 in about a year.

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