Bluetooth 5: What it’s all about

With the launch of Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth® technology continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry as the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity. With 4x range, 2x speed and 8x broadcasting message capacity, the enhancements of Bluetooth 5 focus on increasing the functionality of Bluetooth for the IoT. These features, along with improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies, continue to advance the IoT experience by enabling simple and effortless interactions across the vast range of connected devices.


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  • 2x speed
  • 4x range
  • 8x data
  • + wireless coexistence

Bluetooth 5 is setting the stage for the future

Of smart home. Of audio. Of the IoT.

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. Bluetooth 5 offers the flexibility to build IoT solutions based on feature need- range, speed and security can be adjusted for a variety of environments and end products. The increased speed of Bluetooth 5 lays the groundwork for the next generation of Bluetooth audio, and the increased range will deliver reliable IoT connections that make full-home, building, and outdoor use cases a reality.

Bluetooth 5 is ubiquitous

Bluetooth is unique in its ubiquity. No other wireless technology can match the install base of Bluetooth technology, with well over 10 billion devices. Bluetooth 5 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.

Bluetooth 5 is doing more with Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5 continues to power the IoT but with additional features that better enable industrial automation and whole home coverage by addressing challenges like range and download speeds. Bluetooth 5 is driving the beacon revolution, with improved location awareness and smarter technology that collects data to provide personalized experiences for the end user. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

2 of 3 consumers prefer Bluetooth technology in their products

13.9B estimated wireless product shipments by 2020

1 in 3 wireless products shipped by the year 2020 will include Bluetooth technology

The global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity.

Bluetooth 5 continues to drive the revolution of how people experience the IoT, with the simple, secure connectivity you expect.


Security

Bluetooth adheres to U.S. federal security regulations, ensuring that all Bluetooth devices are capable of meeting and exceeding strict government security standards.

Low Energy

The power-efficiency of Bluetooth with low energy functionality makes it perfect for devices that run for long periods on power sources, such as coin cell batteries or energy-harvesting devices. Bluetooth 5 offers the option of increased range or speed, and it’s always low energy.

Coexists with other technologies

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.



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Bluetooth SIG Members

The wait is over! Time to download the spec and get to work.

With Bluetooth 5 you get amazing features you can customize based on product needs, plus any Bluetooth 5 qualified design will have all the interoperability and simple “it just works” connectivity fixes we’ve developed over the last two years.

Start building your products with Bluetooth 5 today to ensure that your product is interoperable and competitive in the future market.  We can’t wait to see what you’ll build next!


Bluetooth 5 is an important update to the Bluetooth Core Specification. Get the technical spec for Bluetooth 5

We’ve answered some of the more technical questions to help you get started in the right direction. See the frequently asked questions.

Connect with Bluetooth SIG member companies to build your Bluetooth 5 product. Find a service provider

Get the tools to build, test, qualify and declare your Bluetooth 5 product

  • Bluetooth Developer Studio - a powerful application development and debugging tool with a simple, graphical interface. Use existing, adopted specifications, or create your own custom services. See our library of plugins you can add to your project that provide a ready source of integration. 
  • Test Plan Generator - Qualify and declare/list any Bluetooth product with our online tool.
  • Profile Tuning Suite - Automate your protocol and profile interoperability testing.
  • Test tools – See all the test tools available

The brand guide includes all the information you need to market your Bluetooth 5 product. Download the Bluetooth Brand Guide

Thinking of developing with Bluetooth 5?

Great choice! We have the tools and resources that you need.

If you are ready to develop with blue, we can get you started with information and development tool kits that will make the job of implementing Bluetooth wireless technology faster and easier.

Learn everything about Bluetooth technology to help you create the next "it" thing in the IoT. See how the core specification works.

Bluetooth 5 is an important update to the Bluetooth Core Specification. Get the technical spec for Bluetooth 5

We’ve answered some of the more technical questions to help you get started in the right direction. See the frequently asked questions.

Build something great with Bluetooth technology. The Bluetooth Developer Center provides the very latest tools, documentation, guidance and resources. Developer Resources & Tools

Understand the process to get your Bluetooth product to market. Step-by-Step Guide to Product Development

Register as a member for advanced access to qualify, declare, and brand your product with Bluetooth technology. Learn more about membership at the SIG

Great news…

Bluetooth 5 is here!

We’d love to talk to you about Bluetooth 5. Contact us today.

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Learn more about Bluetooth 5

The Team Behind Bluetooth 5

Bluetooth 5 wouldn’t be possible without all the hard work from the Bluetooth Core Specification Working Group. This team of 47 members from 22 companies worldwide have dedicated their time and brainpower to produce a specification that is sure to change the future of wireless technology. Want to help shape the future too?

  • Amre El-Hoiydi
    Phonak Communications AG
  • Angel Polo
    Broadcom
  • Anthony Viscardi
    Texas Instruments
  • Bjarne Klemmensen
    Oticon A/S
  • Brian A. Redding
    Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Burch Seymour
    Continental Automotive
  • Chris Deck
    ON Semiconductor
  • Clive D.W. Feather
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • David Engelien-Lopes
    Nordic Semiconductor ASA
  • Dishant Srivastava
    CSR
  • Edward Harrison
    Anritsu
  • Eivind Sjøgren Olsen
    Nordic Semiconductor ASA
  • Florian Lefeuvre
    Texas Instruments
  • Harish Balasubramaniam
    Intel
  • Huanchun Ye
    Broadcom
  • James Wang
    MediaTek
  • Jean-Philippe Lambert
    RivieraWaves
  • Jeff Solum
    Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • Joel Linsky
    Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Johan Hedberg
    Intel
  • Jonathan Tanner
    Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Josselin de la Broise
    Marvell
  • KC Chou
    MediaTek
  • Knut Odman
    Broadcom
  • L.C. Ko
    MediaTek
  • Laurence Richardson
    Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Marcel Holtmann
    Intel
  • Mayank Batra
    Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Michael Knudsen
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Michael Ungstrup
    Widex A/S
  • Niclas Granqvist
    Polar
  • Phil Corbishley
    Nordic Semiconductor ASA
  • Phil Hough
    Anritsu
  • Raja Banerjea
    CSR
  • Rasmus Abildgren
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • RaviKiran Gopalan
    Qualcomm Atheros
  • Robert Hulvey
    Broadcom
  • Robin Heydon
    Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Sam Geeraerts
    NXP
  • Sandipan Kundu
    CSR
  • Shawn Ding
    Broadcom
  • Steven Hall
    Broadcom
  • Thomas Varghese
    Mindtree
  • Till Schmalmack
    Phonak Communications AG
  • Tim Wei
    IVT Wireless
  • Tomás Motos López
    Texas Instruments
  • Yi-Ling Chao
    Marvell