The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has formally adopted the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 which adds low energy technology.
This final step in the adoption process signals to Bluetooth SIG members that the Bluetooth SIG Qualification Program is now open for qualification of all Bluetooth product types to the Version 4.0 Specification.
Members may visit Bluetooth.org to download specification details from the Adopted Specifications web page. Test documentation, including requirements and tools to support member qualification efforts, is available on the public, Bluetooth.com, site as well.
A report from West Technology Research Solutions sees the opportunity for Bluetooth low energy technology, as being a significant contributor to the overall wireless sensor network market, representing nearly half of all shipments in 2015.
The SIG says many markets such as health care, sports and fitness, security, and home entertainment will be enhanced with the availability of small coin-cell battery powered wireless products and sensors now enabled by Bluetooth wireless technology.
Version 4.0 of the Bluetooth Core Specification includes ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption providing the ability to run for years on standard coin-cell batteries as well as multi-vendor interoperability and an enhanced range.
Bluetooth SIG members may perform interoperability testing utilizing this adopted Bluetooth Core Specification at the SIG’s 37th testing event, UnPlugFest (UPF) 37. This UPF is scheduled for 04-08 October, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain.
For intensive, hands-on testing and qualification training, Bluetooth SIG members can take part in ATLAS, the Advanced Training Lab and Services program offered by the Bluetooth SIG.
The one-week training program at the Bluetooth SIG labs in Kirkland, WA, leaves participants with the knowledge to develop their own Bluetooth testing and qualification expertise and ultimately build better Bluetooth products at lower qualification costs.