The Bluetooth SIG Officially Adopts a Spec for Bluetooth 5

The Bluetooth SIG Officially Adopts a Spec for Bluetooth 5

Back in June of this year, a letter from the Bluetooth SIG was discovered and in it we learned some of the first official details of the version 5 update for Bluetooth. We didn’t learn too much though, mainly that there would be an official announcement a week later on June 16th. This date came around and sure enough, Bluetooth 5 was officially announced to the public. In this press release, it was confirmed that Bluetooth 5 would bring four times the range and double the speed compared to Bluetooth 4.2.

That was really all we had heard, officially, about the topic since June though. It takes a while before a spec can be thoroughly tested and made official. Then this week it was confirmed, the Bluetooth SIG officially adopted the Bluetooth 5 spec they announced 6 months ago. We’re told the key updates to this version of Bluetooth include longer range, faster speeds, a larger broadcast message capacity and some improvements to interoperability and coexistence for other wireless technologies.

When we get into specifics, the Bluetooth SIG say that Bluetooth 5 will indeed bring four times the range and two times the speed when we compare it to what is available today. The new Bluetooth 5 spec also allows for eight times broadcast message capacity, which will result in improved and more context relevant solutions. The improvements to interoperability and coexistence for other wireless technologies mean that we shouldn’t see as much interference from said wireless technologies (such as microwave transmitters, wireless cameras, baby monitors, and Wi-Fi devices).

The special interest group also announces that Bluetooth 5 focuses on improving their IoT performance with a big focus maintaining its low-energy functionality. The first official products that have chosen to go with Bluetooth 5 are said to arrive to the market and be fully available to the public within two to six months.

Source: Bluetooth SIG

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Doug Lynch
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When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.