Bluetooth SIG to create a Study Group to decide on 60GHz future

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is expected to create a study group to help pick a transport for a future gigabit-class version of Bluetooth.

Among the leading candidates are the rival flavors of 60 GHz technology promoted by the WirelessHD Consortium and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance.

The Bluetooth SIG had hoped to make a decision about its high-speed future at a regular meeting in Seattle this week. However, due to the volcano in Iceland most of the group’s European members were not able to make the trip.

“Our next big meeting is in September, but we can’t just let the issue slide until then,” said Mike Foley, chairman of the SIG. “The current proposal is to assign a small group to drive the investigation and report back and I would not be surprised if that is accepted this week,” Foley said.

The SIG had selected ultrawideband (UWB) technology as its future high-speed transport, but pulled back on the plan last fall when backers of the WiMedia version of the technology refused to provide royalty-free access to UWB. A year ago it created an interim plan to make Bluetooth protocols available over Wi-Fi.

Since October, the SIG has been investigating the two 60 GHz initiatives to determine which it should choose.

Source: EE Times.

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