Combining Bluetooth and WiMedia Ultrawideband features to achieve a staggering data transfer rate has been a much talked about experiment in the recent past and now its positive results are well before the public eye. Alereon seems to have made it possible as it is presently demonstrating how the lethal combination can operate smoothly under an existing Bluetooth software stack at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
To make it possible, Alereon has made use of BLUEtusk software from Open Interface to send UWB signals via Bluetooth protocols. Bluetooth version 2.0 devices clock a data transfer rate which is on a slower side but with Open Interface’s BLUEtusk application, the desired results have been achieved. Demonstrations have clearly shown that the BLUEtusk application can successfully combine the interoperability of Bluetooth with the bandwidth of WiMedia UWB to transfer data at a faster pace which could facilitate easy audio and video streaming.
The promoters of this experiment are calling it a major breakthrough which will also mean bringing down the energy consumption in the operations by a whooping margin. Says Jim Lansford, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Alereon, “The combination of a WiMedia UWB solution from Alereon and Bluetooth software from Open Interface enables Bluetooth applications that run 500 times the speed of regular Bluetooth and use less than 2 percent of the battery energy of Bluetooth. Consumers can now share images, phone books, videos, and other Bluetooth content at up to 480 megabits per second, enabling devices such as megapixel camera phones to download in seconds, rather than minutes.” Lansford’s views are endorsed by his counterpart at Open Interface, Greg Burns. “As Bluetooth becomes a standard feature in portable devices, it is apparent that although Bluetooth provides excellent interoperability and ease of use, the maximum data rate of 3Mbit/second is too slow for today’s media centric applications. Combining Bluetooth and WiMedia UWB leverages Bluetooth’s core strengths while providing the high data transfer rates,” he adds. It is, however, still not clear as to when will this combination become available for public use.