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Frontline Introduces World’s Only Bluetooth v3.0 + HS Protocol Analyzer

Trying to keep up with changes to Bluetooth wireless technology can make anyone’s head spin. The release of the Bluetooth v3.0 + HS specification, which adds high speed data support via 802.11 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, July 16, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — Trying to keep up with changes to Bluetooth wireless technology can make anyone’s head spin. The release of the Bluetooth v3.0 + HS specification, which adds high speed data support via 802.11 makes Bluetooth technology more powerful and versatile, but also more complex than ever. Bluetooth v3.0 + HS provides vast improvements in speed and power efficiency over previous Bluetooth versions. Already there are dozens of products planned or in development that will capitalize on this new speed and efficiency.

Fortunately for Bluetooth development and test engineers, Frontline, the industry leader in Bluetooth protocol analysis, has released a new version of their FTS4BT analyzer, creating the first and only Bluetooth v3.0 + HS protocol analyzer. Released barely a month after approval of this latest Bluetooth specification, the Bluetooth development community now has the tool it needs to rapidly develop new products, debug interoperability issues, and verify correct implementation. Current FTS4BT users who want to add support for v3.0 + HS can simply add a Wi-Fi ComProbe adapter. This optional hardware captures 802.11 traffic and integrates seamlessly with FTS4BT.

One prominent company with a long history of using Frontline analyzers is CSR, a leading global provider of personal wireless technology and developer of BlueCore , the world’s first single chip Bluetooth solution. When asked about Frontline’s latest FTS4BT release, CSR U.S. Applications Engineer, Lance Watson said, "We rely on Frontline’s leadership in protocol analyzers to test and debug our applications. The addition of v3.0 + HS support is huge for us because our Synergy wireless systems software is one of the world’s first products qualified to the new Bluetooth v3.0 + HS standard. Bluetooth v3.0 + HS offers the potential for tremendously increased speeds and faster reactions to changing radio conditions. FTS4BT’s test and debug features allow us to create industry leading products for this enhanced specification."

Companies such as CSR have been relying on FTS4BT ever since Frontline changed the Bluetooth test and debug paradigm by introducing two breakthrough concepts: Live data display and simultaneous sniffing of both the over the air link between two devices and the wired HCI link between a Bluetooth chip and the host CPU controlling the Bluetooth chip. These two improvements to Bluetooth troubleshooting techniques have saved engineers industry-wide countless hours of time and have enabled faster time to market, lower support costs, improved interoperability and ultimately, a better Bluetooth experience for the user.

In addition to the technology breakthroughs that Frontline has brought to the industry, they’ve also taken commitment to Bluetooth technology to new levels. Frontline works closely with chipmakers, stack vendors, the Bluetooth SIG, and SIG working groups to support enhancements to the Bluetooth core specification and changes to Bluetooth profiles early in specification process so that so that developers have the right tools when they need them.

Though there are many early adopters of Bluetooth v3.0 + HS technology, there’s no doubt that countless companies have stayed on the sidelines waiting for formal adoption of the new specification. FTS4BT’s v3.0 +HS support not only proves that the new specification is real and here to stay, but it gives developers the confidence to start creating products knowing that they have the industry’s leading protocol analyzer to support them.

About Frontline
Frontline is the world’s leader provider of Bluetooth protocol analysis technology. Frontline’s FTS4BT Bluetooth analyzer is the de-facto industry standard and is used by hundreds of company’s globally including, CSR, Broadcom, Atheros, Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, and Marvell. Frontline’s technology has been integrated into the Bluetooth SIG’s PTS qualification tool which is the system used to determine if a product meets Bluetooth interoperability standards. With the release of support for Bluetooth V3.0 + HS, Frontline now supports the entire range of Bluetooth technology: Basic Rate/Enhanced Data Rate, low energy, and High Speed.

Contact: David Bean, Director, Marketing & Sales
Tel: +1 (434) 951-0205

FTS4BT is trademark of Frontline Test Equipment, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logo are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Frontline Test Equipment, Inc. is under license.

Source: Frontline

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