Qualcomm Releases New Support Technology for Bluetooth Mesh Network

Ebony Scott
July 19, 2017

The technology can be used for sensor networks, IoT devices, building automation and more and it will be supported by Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth 4.0 and above.

Qualcomm Bluetooth mesh's SIG support will be available on all future Bluetooth Low Energy products starting with engineering sample connectivity chips today and becoming commercially available in September 2017.

Bluetooth is adding support for a new mesh networking specification that will improve Bluetooth LE devices across various categories, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced in a briefing with press today. That said, given the speedy adoption of the Bluetooth Low Energy standard before it, coupled with seemingly strong support for mesh networking capabilities, devices that support the new standard will likely start to appear on sale at some point in the first half of 2018.

Qualcomm stock traded down midday. In retail marketing and asset tracking applications, Bluetooth mesh technology simplifies the deployment and management of beacons.

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Though, it's possible that a lot of devices running the aforementioned Bluetooth versions won't support Bluetooth mesh tech since it requires a software update on part of the device manufacturers and the uncertainty of them pushing an update is no secret. But with mesh networking up to 32,000 Bluetooth devices will be able to spread across a building or an entire block, to create a single wireless network.

Accelerate time to market: Choose from a variety of Silicon Labs' certified wireless modules and SoCs, including the world's smallest Bluetooth system-in-package (SiP) module (BGM11S) and the latest EFR32BG13 Blue Gecko SoCs. Only Bluetooth mesh networking brings the proven, global interoperability and mature, trusted ecosystem associated with Bluetooth technology to the creation of industrial-grade device networks. Modules with integrated antennas provide a fast, cost-effective means to design Bluetooth mesh-enabled products.

The mesh network spec... allows devices to work together to extend range by re-transmitting the signals they receive.
Pitched primarily at enterprise users, the new standard is "ideally suited for building automation, sensor networks, and other IoT solutions where tens, hundreds, or thousands of devices need to reliably and securely communicate with one another", the group said. Wireless Gecko SoCs, Bluetooth modules and wireless starter kits for Bluetooth mesh applications are available now from Silicon Labs and authorized distributors.

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