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Bluetooth 5 Promises Four times the Speed, Twice the range of Bluetooth 4.0 LE Transmissions

The Bluetooth SIG is about to officially unveil Bluetooth 5 on June 16 during a media event in London. One change on the marketing side is that they dropped the point number, so it won’t be called Bluetooth 5.0 like in Bluetooth 4.0, but just Bluetooth 5. The decision has been made allegedly to “simplifying marketing, and communicating user benefits more effectively”.

Bluetooth_5On the technical side, Bluetooth 5 will double the range and quadruple the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions compared to Bluetooth 4.x, which could be important for IoT applications where nodes are connected throughout the house.

Bluetooth 5 will also allow connectionless services to add location-relevant information and navigation. The specifications have not been publicly released yet, and made they will be on June 16. Eventually, you’ll be able to download them on Bluetooth “adopted specifications” page.

Via XDA developers

  1. TLS
    June 10th, 2016 at 12:44 | #1

    So in other words, we’re back at Bluetooth 2.0/2.1 speeds then… What a technological breakthrough…

  2. Harley
    June 10th, 2016 at 19:55 | #2

    Are there already any USB transciever dongles or PCIe adapters as of yet that supports Bluetooth 5.0?

    Need to get a Bluetooth 4.x LE for my home automation computer anyway, would be nice to get 5.0

  3. Ian Tester
    June 10th, 2016 at 21:41 | #3

    @Harley
    Seeing as the big announcement is in five days, I would say “no”.

  4. June 17th, 2016 at 09:09 | #4

    The official launch PR also mentions 800% broadcasting capability increase -> https://www.bluetooth.com/news/pressreleases/2016/06/16/-bluetooth5-quadruples-rangedoubles-speedincreases-data-broadcasting-capacity-by-800

    Release scheduled for end of 2016, beginning of 2017.

    • postcancel
      December 1st, 2016 at 00:13 | #5

      Yes… Double the range (2), and quadruple the speed (4) would infer an ‘800% increase in broadcasting capabilities.’ (2 * 4 = 8 —> 800%). I would however avoid any reference or statements encompasing the lexical scope of PR when researching full version hardware updates. Just wait for the actual specification to be released and then think of a means to implement. One should also refrain from implementing the new— ‘version’ or what? do we call it ‘level’ now? just, Bluetooth 5 (I guess)— into something like a complete home automation mesh of some kind. Simply a matter of ‘hardware’ conformity, by letting manufactures have an assortment of models to choose from you are following a process which could potentially save you even more ‘energy’ and add ‘longer’ range.
      Also, why on earth does marketing have anything to do with proper versioning practices? Hardware in its true form relies on versioning, dropping an entire guidline to keep customers from asking their sales rep if it’s compatible or forcing a web store to add more front-end markup to reference all minor versioning updates will be such a headache. The Major/Minor versioning sytem apply to both hardware and firmware and was design for scale in parallel. Marketing industries of any size have become a joke! They need to know their place and not leave things of this matter to people who have no idea what proper archival methods are and what may need to be required for future trouble-shooting.

  5. June 24th, 2016 at 17:42 | #6

    Short demo of Bluetooth 5 2Mbps transfer with ARM Cordio based Radio IP -> https://community.arm.com/videos/4062

  6. December 8th, 2016 at 11:05 | #7

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification this week -> https://www.bluetooth.com/news/pressreleases/2016/12/07/bluetooth-5-now-available

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