Bluetooth 4.0 Specifications With Low Energy Technology Officially Adopted

July 7, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that it has officially adopted the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0, otherwise known as Bluetooth 4.0. Low energy consumption is said to be the main feature in the latest Bluetooth version.

According to the SIG, the low energy technology will allow for Bluetooth 4.0 to be integrated in a wider range of devices, including those functioning on small coin cells. The technology can also be used in sensors as well, which will allow for more wireless products.

Members of the Bluetooth SIG have been invited to the SIG’s 37th testing event called UnPlugFest 37 (UPF 37), scheduled to be held between October 4 to October 8 this year at Barcelona, to test the interoperability of Bluetooth 4.0.

The approval of the core specifications for Bluetooth 4.0 means that device manufacturers can start planning for products that include the latest version of Bluetooth. The process should not take long as the Samsung Wave, which was the first device to feature Bluetooth 3.0, was launched within months of the announcement of Bluetooth 3.0’s approval.

Bluetooth SIG had announced earlier in March that the devices featuring Bluetooth 4.0 would become available by the fourth quarter of 2010.

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