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Feb 11 2008   4:59PM GMT

Overheard: Bluetooth will piggyback 802.11 when it needs more speed

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

mike_foley.jpg This is the wireless technology equivalent of ‘low hanging fruit. What we’re doing is taking classic Bluetooth connections – using Bluetooth protocols, profiles, security and other architectural elements – and allowing it to jump on top of the already present 802.11 radio, when necessary, to send bulky entertainment data, faster. When the speed of 802.11 is overkill, the connection returns to normal operation on a Bluetooth radio for optimal power management and performance.

Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, the Bluetooth SIG.

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