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New Bluetooth 3.0 specification approved

Latest version of wireless technology is expected to offer faster and more reliable data transfers

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has officially adopted the Bluetooth 3.0 specification that enables faster and more reliable data transfers.

Bluetooth wireless technology is the global short-range wireless standard for personal connectivity of a wide range of electronic devices.

The newest version of the Bluetooth wireless technology is expected to transfer data 10 times faster than present standards with the help of the 802.11 radio protocol. It associates the Bluetooth protocol with a Wi-Fi signal for the transfer of large amounts of data such as music, videos and photos.

For example, users can transfer an entire music library between devices in a relatively short time compared to present standards.

Bluetooth 3.0 also addresses energy savings with built-in power controls that will help conserve battery life.

Consumer products that incorporate the new standard are expected to hit the market in the next nine to twelve months.