Bluetooth Special Interest Group launched yesterday the third generation Bluetooth spec, known officially as Bluetooth 3.0 + HS (High Speed). The new specification uses the Wi-Fi connection, that’s usually present on devices supporting Bluetooth, to “offload high demand transfers”.
Theoretically, the new speed can get a boost to 24Mbps on a 802.11g connection and it’ll save power, thanks to the use of Wi-Fi versus the single Bluetooth usage. The Special Interest Group claims that the format will be used to transfer HD video from a camcorder or send large files to/from cellphones.
The new technology will also allow handsets to create both WiFi and Bluetooth connections between devices at the same time, for better transfer rates. Bluetooth 3.0 chipsets will be featured on products shipping at the end of 2009.