Bluetooth 5 launched with increased speed, range and broadcasting capacity

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    It is about time we leave the wired devices behind because Bluetooth 5.0 has finally launched. The jump from 4.2 to 5.0 means there will be some serious improvements. According to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the new Bluetooth will be two times faster with 4 times more area coverage, and the data broadcasting capacity will also be elevated by 800 percentage.

    The main purpose of this upgrade is to make it reliable for Internet of Things (IoT). This new version is said to decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience. Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG quotes:

    “Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience.”

    So, what can we expect from Bluetooth 5.0?

    Reduced Interference

    With so many wireless signals around us, Bluetooth 5.0 will improve the connectivity. It will reduce the potential  interference so that your Bluetooth devices can coexist with other wireless devices. Developers can now use Slot availability masks in Bluetooth 5 to detect interference on neighboring bands and automatically prevent the interference.

    Low Energy

    If you are thinking the Bluetooth 5 will consume more energy because the speed and range have increased, well, according to the company, developers can decrease bandwidth to achieve up to 4x longer range while maintaining similar power requirements like previous versions. So, with improved power-efficiency in Bluetooth 5, you can use your devices for a longer period of time.

    Improved Broadcasting

    The broadcasting capacity has increased in Bluetooth 5. This means larger data packets(up to 256-octet) is now supported. This enables new features such as tracking your packages while  maintaining backward compatibility with products developed for an earlier Bluetooth specification. Also, Bluetooth 5 will use broadcasting channels more efficiently on the increasingly crowded 2.4 GHz band so that you can experience smooth Bluetooth connection.

    In addition, the speed of Bluetooth 5 has increased to 2 Mbps . This means you can transfer files in less time if your device has Bluetooth 5. Also, Bluetooth 5 will be compatible with previous versions (so you don’t need to throw away your old devices).

    The devices featuring Bluetooth 5 will start launching within two  to six months according to Bluetooth SIG. Well, we might see them at CES 2017.  For now, all we can do is wait and see how developers utilize the features of Bluetooth 5.

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    SOURCEBluetooth Official Website