Bluetooth to increase in speed

Bluetooth to increase in speed


UWB is coming to Bluetooth.

The ultra-wideband radio technology (UWB) will be incorporated in Bluetooth transfer speed protocols over the next few years, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. That will be a distinct improvement over the current standard, which works only for headsets and wireless keyboards; and it will no doubt mean that Bluetooth technology will work for higher-speed transmissions such as video and music, since UWB speeds are equivalent to USB or FireWire cables at up to 10 feet away.

But you won’t see any of this anytime soon. The Bluetooth group estimates that the first high-speed Bluetooth devices will appear in late 2007. Still, when they arrive, these devices will be a distinct improvement on what is available now.