Faster Bluetooth as 3.0 + HS breaks cover, promising 24mbps transfer speeds

Bluetooth 3.0

In other words, data is sent in short bursts of radio transmission, and then the system 'goes back to sleep'.

You can almost forgive Bluetooth SIG executive director Mike Foley, announcing the new technology, for saying that "Like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, this latest version was 'born to go fast.'

"What we're doing is taking classic Bluetooth connections – using Bluetooth protocols, profiles, security and other architectural elements – and allowing it to jump on top of the already present 802.11 radio, when necessary, to send bulky entertainment data, faster.

"When the speed of 802.11 is overkill, the connection returns to normal operation on a Bluetooth radio for optimal power management and performance.”

It's expected that Bluetooth v3.0 + HS devices could start to appear by the end of the year, but more are likely to hit the shops around this time next year.