The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has formally adopted Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 +High Speed(HS), or Bluetooth 3.0. Bluetooth 3.0 gets its speed from the 802.11 radio protocol.

The inclusion of the 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) provides increased throughput of data transfers at the approximate rate of 24Mbps. In addition, mobile devices including Bluetooth 3.0 will realize increased power savings due to enhanced power control built in.

Michael Foley, PhD, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG, said, "Utilizing the 802.11 radio was a natural choice as it provides efficiencies for both our members and consumers -- members get more function out of the two radios they are already including in devices, and consumers with Bluetooth 3.0 HS products will get faster exchange of information without changing how they connect. We are excited to expand the possibilities of the PAN."

Bluetooth 3.0 builds on the inherent qualities of the current 2.1 + EDR version, including Simple Secure Pairing and built-in, automatic security, while providing users with the benefit of backwards compatibility.

The group said Atheros, Broadcom and CSR are underway in getting silicon solutions to device manufacturers. End products for consumers are expected to be in the market in 9 to 12 months.