New Bluetooth BlueCore6 Chipset Should Improve Reception, Power Use
Dominant (more than half the market share) Bluetooth chipset provider CSR (born as Cambridge Silicon Radio) has just announced its BlueCore6 chipset.
Because BlueCore6 sports what CSR calls "AuriStream" technology, the U.K.-based firm says that radio performance will improve to the degree that cheaper, smaller headsets will be able to be built without the audio cutouts that aren't unknown in current Bluetooth devices.
CSR--a British firm formerly known as Cambridge Silicon Radio that has more than half the market share in Bluetooth laptops, headsets and handsets--has announced its latest chipset, BlueCore6.
ETA for BlueCore6 should be by the end of 2008, CSR says.
The company also positions BlueCore6 as a power-saver- mobile device power consumption by 40 percent and headset power consumption by 20 percent.
CNet UK's David Meyer notes, however, despite the fact that BlueCore6 will make use of the latest version of Bluetooth--version 2.1 + EDR--it will not take advantage of the near-field communications (NFC) functionality enabled in that specification.
Meyer writes that According to John Halksworth, CSR's head of handset connectivity product management, John Halksworth, this is because Bluetooth already handles the pairing of handsets and headsets--the main reason for NFC's inclusion in version 2.1 + EDR--sufficiently well.
"We don't believe that using another technology to solve a problem solved by simple pairing is the right way to go," Halkworth tells Meyer.
Version 3 Bluetooth should appear next year. It will incorporate ultra wideband and NFC short-range tech connecThe next major update to Bluetooth--version 3--is due to appear next year. It will incorporate both NFC and ultra wideband (UWB), the high-bandwidth, short-range connectivity.
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