News | September 4, 2009

Bluetooth High Speed Device Shipments Invite Promising Future For Bluetooth

Wellingborough, UK -- The first finalised specification of Bluetooth high speed was confirmed in April 2009, with 802.11 being the chosen technology to support this standard. The introduction of Bluetooth high speed provides the brand with a way to branch out into new devices. The growth of classic Bluetooth in mainstream devices such as mobile phones and notebooks, is helping to prevent the technology from experiencing a considerable dip in IC shipments as a result of the economic downturn. The combination of this dominance in mainstream devices and the introduction of Bluetooth high speed is helping to drive the market for Bluetooth technology forward.

Bluetooth technology is currently integrated into nearly 700 million mobile phones and notebooks.. Despite this, however, there is only so far Bluetooth can develop when relying on its primary use- cases to drive the technology. Bluetooth high speed will help the technology expand its ecosystem to make way for more advanced, compelling use-cases, encouraging further integration into both supporting and host devices.

IMS Research's latest annual Bluetooth report, highlights the key devices which are predicted to re-ignite the drive for both Bluetooth and Bluetooth high speed in the coming years. Emma Naudo, author of the report, ‘The World Market for Bluetooth technology' comments, "Where Bluetooth technology has not been sufficient for some devices, Bluetooth high speed offers a better solution. IMS Research forecast that by 2013, Bluetooth high speed will be integrated into over 60 million new supporting devices, encouraging handset and laptop OEMs to continue investing and driving the technology forward".

The potential for Bluetooth high speed and the future of classic Bluetooth in a number of different devices is discussed and analysed in detail in IMS Research's upcoming annual Bluetooth report, 2009.

SOURCE: IMS Research