Global - Wireless Broadband - Bluetooth & UWB


Archived report. This report was archived in 2010 and has not been updated. In 2008 further developments to the Bluetooth technology were taking place, with high-speed Bluetooth one of the key areas of focus (integrating WiFi and/or Ultra-Wideband technology). Bluetooth wireless technology continued to be widely adopted throughout the telecommunications, IT and home entertainment industries, as well as such diverse areas as automotive and health care; reaching almost all sectors of the economy. Work still continued to combine the strengths of both Bluetooth and UWB technologies. Despite the absence of a global standard, some manufacturers are shipping UWB enabled laptop computers. This report includes information on the history of Bluetooth, current developments, applications, statistics and forecasts. It also includes a discussion of the related technologies of Bluetooth Low Energy/Wibree and Ultra-Wideband.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction: Bluetooth
    • 2.1 Early developments
    • 2.2 The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)
    • 2.3 Bluetooth today
  • 3. Bluetooth statistics & forecasts
  • 4. Bluetooth technology
    • 4.1 Bluetooth 1.2
      • 4.1.1 Improved interworking with WiFi
      • 4.1.2 Enhanced usability and audio quality
    • 4.2 Bluetooth 2.0
      • 4.2.1 Enhanced Data Rate - EDR
      • 4.2.2 Bluetooth 2.1
    • 4.3 Bluetooth 3.0 on the way
  • 5. Application examples
  • 6. Other developments
    • 6.1 Bluetooth enhances test suite
    • 6.2 Sony’s Transferjet
    • 6.3 Bluetooth security
      • 6.3.1 First Bluetooth worm
  • 7. Bluetooth low energy/Wibree
  • 8. UWB (Ultra-Wideband)
    • 8.1 UWB PCs hit the market
    • 8.2 UWB and low throughput?
    • 8.3 Global UWB standard killed
    • 8.4 UWB approved in Europe and US
  • 9. Bluetooth-UWB merger
    • 9.1 The future: Wireless Personal Area Networks
    • 9.2 WiFi/WiMAX versus Bluetooth/UWB
    • 9.3 UWB potentially superior
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Installed base of Bluetooth devices worldwide – 2005; 2007; 2010
  • Table 2 – UWB enabled devices in use – 2007; 2011

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)

Number of pages 9

Status Archived

Last updated 29 Jul 2008
Update History

Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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