Bluetooth-enabled device shipments to cross 2 billion in 2013

Bluetooth-enabled device shipments are expected to exceed
2 billion in 2013, according to In-Stat.

Bluetooth wireless technology is a short-range wireless
standard that enables a broad array of electronic devices to connect. The
technology continues to evolve and expand, taking advantage of the desirable
attributes it possesses: small-form factor radio, low power, low cost, built-in
security, robustness, ease-of-use, and ad-hoc networking abilities.

Bluetooth continues to gain design wins over a wide
range of applications, with Bluetooth device shipments increasing by 23 percent
between 2009 and 2010,” said Brian O’Rourke, research director, In-Stat

Bluetooth has been bolstered in the past year by the
emergence of two new standards. Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed (HS) combines
classic Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transmit large data files and Bluetooth 4.0,
which offers much lower power consumption than classic Bluetooth and targets
medical and fitness devices, as well as PCs and mobile phones.

Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed is a software-only solution
that allows Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to work together. Bluetooth 4.0 primarily
targets new BT markets: medical, fitness, and security devices.

Bluetooth 4.0 + High Speed option expected to hit the
market in mobile phones by the end of 2011. The research also finds automotive
BT is now common option in mid-priced sedans.

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