Bluetooth 3.0 gets its speed from the 802.11 radio protocol, which is primarily known for powering Wi-Fi networks. The inclusion of the 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) provides increased throughput of data transfers at the approximate rate of 24Mb/s. In addition, mobile devices including Bluetooth 3.0 will realize increased power savings due to enhanced power control built in.
“Utilizing the 802.11 radio was a natural choice as it provides efficiencies for both our members and consumers – members get more function out of the two radios they are already including in devices, and consumers with Bluetooth 3.0 HS products will get faster exchange of information without changing how they connect. We are excited to expand the possibilities of the PAN,” said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.