Wireless connectivity is the name of the game in the mobile industry, and Wibree, the next-generation Bluetooth standard, is making a splash with its new name. Wibree will now be known as ULP (Ultra Low Power) Bluetooth.
ULP allows for 10 times lower power consumption during regular Bluetooth connection and a 50-fold decrease in power-draw during Bluetooth data transfers. The ULP technology gets away with this minimal power consumption by stripping down the Bluetooth standard and doing away with the frequency spectrum-bloat. Unfortunately, ULP isn’t compatible with current Bluetooth standards.
So, it’s a good thing that CSR has debuted their dual-mode ULP/Bluetooth 2.1 chip. The new Bluetooth module from CSR ensures old and new devices will be able to stay connected with Bluetooth standards – whatever they may be. We’re expecting shipments to start later in 2008.