Now, Bluetooth 5 is finally coming in smartphones and tablets, this December. But the good news is that you can test the technology on developer boards being shipped by hardware makers.
It is a major step to take the technology further in the flew of wireless, which was introduced in 1999 to hook up devices wireless. It comes with enhanced features:
- Two times faster than predecessor Bluetooth 4.2
- Have four times longer range with cool boosted connectivity features.
The standards setting organization Bluetooth Special Interest Group said – “It has 120-meter long range coverage and with 2Mbps(bits per second) speed”.It also transmits data from one device to many making it easier for multiple file sharing.
It can broadcast richer data, like location information and URLs. That could be useful in self-driving cars which use data transmissions.Bluetooth 5 will reach devices in two to six months, the Bluetooth SIG said in December. Some of the first smartphone and tablets devices could couple with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chips, which will have Bluetooth 5 chipset. But the good news is that you can use Bluetooth 5 on board shipped by hardware makers.
You can too make IoT devices with Bluetooth 5.
Nordic Semiconductor’s hardware development kit
Nordic’s nRF52840 Development Kit, it cost about US$40 and $50, is a development board on which small electronic devices can be developed. The board is compatible with Arduino Uno Revision 3, most used development kit. Have 64Mhz Cortex-M4F processor, 1MB flash memory integrated with Arduino Uno, and a Ram of 256KB. It also has a USB 2.0 interface.
TI’s SimpleLink Bluetooth board
Texas Instruments was one of the first to use Bluetooth 5, and its $29 Launchpad Board wireless development kit is designed to test Bluetooth 5 applications in IoT settings. The board will be upgradeable to Bluetooth 5 when the full firmware will release. It has a 48Mhz ARM Cortex-M3 processor and a set of inputs to connect sensors. It is available on TI’s website.