Wednesday, December 7th 2016

Bluetooth 5 Specification Now Available, 4x Range, 2x Speed

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification this week. Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. Bluetooth 5 continues to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience by enabling simple and effortless interactions across the vast range of connected devices.

"Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience," said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity."

Key feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

Bluetooth 5 also includes updates that help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies to ensure Bluetooth devices can coexist within the increasingly complex global IoT environment. Bluetooth 5 delivers all of this while maintaining its low-energy functionality and flexibility for developers to meet the needs of their device or application.

The adoption of Bluetooth 5 comes at a crucial time of industry growth, with ABI Research expecting 48 billion internet-enabled devices to be installed by 2021, of which nearly one-third will include Bluetooth, according to Ryan Martin, senior analyst, ABI Research.

"The global wireless connectivity market is growing rapidly, with an anticipated 10 billion annual IC shipments by 2021," said industry analyst Andrew Zignani with ABI Research. "The introduction of Bluetooth 5 will create new opportunities in various verticals of the IoT market by reducing complexity and cost and giving manufacturers greater flexibility in targeting multiple applications and use cases."

Consumers can expect to see products built with Bluetooth 5 within two to six months of today's release. With Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth continues to revolutionize how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth continues to embrace technological advancements and push the unlimited potential of the IoT.

For more information on Bluetooth 5, visit this page.
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8 Comments on Bluetooth 5 Specification Now Available, 4x Range, 2x Speed

#1
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
Holy crap!

Bluetooth 5, projected for release in late 2016 to early 2017, will quadruple range and double speed of low energy connections while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts by 800 percent.
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#2
Divide Overflow
Happy to see these advances as long as they are keeping their power requirements in check.
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#3
Prima.Vera
Divide Overflow said:
Happy to see these advances as long as they are keeping their power requirements in check.
This. For me the BT connection is the most power hungry on the mobile
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#4
TheLostSwede
Sadly, it'll be at increased power usage, otherwise this is black magic...
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
TheLostSwede said:
Sadly, it'll be at increased power usage, otherwise this is black magic...
According to the release it is more power efficient.
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TheLostSwede
Easy Rhino said:
According to the release it is more power efficient.
Yes, IF you use it in low speed mode and configure the radio properly, but if you want to use the high speed mode and get long range, it'll use more power, as that's how wireless works in general.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
TheLostSwede said:
Yes, IF you use it in low speed mode and configure the radio properly, but if you want to use the high speed mode and get long range, it'll use more power, as that's how wireless works in general.
yea which i dont really take issue with. all gadgets use more power when going faster.
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TheLostSwede
Easy Rhino said:
yea which i dont really take issue with. all gadgets use more power when going faster.
Oh, I'm not taking issue with it either, however, I take issue with how the Bluetooth SIG is advertising Bluetooth 5, as they seem to claim it's faster, has longer range and uses less power, all at the same time, which simply isn't true.
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