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Bluetooth High Speed Technology

Bluetooth® high speed technology lets you quickly send video, music and other large files between your devices.

The Bluetooth SIG announced the release of Bluetooth high speed technology in April 2009 when it completed Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 + HS. The v3.0 Specification enables the use of a Generic Alternate MAC/PHY, allowing well known Bluetooth protocols, profiles, security, and pairing to be used in consumer devices while achieving faster throughput by momentary use of a secondary radio already present in the device.

Bluetooth high speed technology is also included in the newest Bluetooth specification.

Bluetooth high speed technology works by isolating activity from the AMPs, enabling the use of new radios without full system integration. This reduces costs while expanding future build opportunities. It also removes the user from new paradigms and supports existing Bluetooth use cases, making them faster and ensuring continuity for the UX experience while lowering costs and reducing training requirements.

The v3.0 + HS enhancement to the Core Specification provides consumers with powerful, wireless connections that are more robust and reliable than ever before. Features include:

Power Optimization - By using the high speed radio only when you need it, Bluetooth high speed reduces power consumption, which means a longer battery life for your devices.

Improved Security - The Generic Alternate MAC/PHY in Bluetooth high speed enables the radio to discover other high speed devices only when they are needed to transfer your music, pictures or other data. Not only does this optimize power, but it also aids in the security of the radios.

Enhanced Power Control - Limited drop-outs are now a reality. The enhanced power control of Bluetooth high speed makes power control faster and ensures limited drop-outs, reducing consumer experience of impacts from power. Users are now less likely to lose a headset connection—even when the phone is in a coat pocket or deep inside a purse.

Lower Latency Rates - Unicast Connectionless Data improves the customer experience of speed by lowering latency rates, sending small amounts of data more quickly.

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