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Bluetooth Revealed: The Insider's Guide to an Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-067237-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-067237-7

The Bluetooth bestseller—completely updated for Bluetooth 1.1!

  • Up-to-the-minute Bluetooth 1.1 information and guidance from key contributors to the specification!
  • New interoperability solutions, profiles, and usage models
  • In-depth coverage of Bluetooth's new qualification program
  • Bluetooth's relationship with 802.11, 802.15, HomeRF, and IrDA
  • Insider's preview of Bluetooth's next steps and applications

Bluetooth Revealed, Second Edition offers an in-depth, insider's view of the new Bluetooth 1.1 standard and its major interoperability improvements-crucial information and guidance professionals need to start implementing Bluetooth solutions now. Written by key contributors to the specification, it presents Bluetooth 1.1 in unprecedented depth: its goals, scope, structure, interrelationships, and applications. Fully updated throughout, it contains entirely new chapters on the Bluetooth qualification process, and on Bluetooth's relationship with 802.11 and 802.15 WLANs and other emerging wireless technologies. Coverage includes:

  • Bluetooth 1.1: its goals, key concepts, and the design challenges that have shaped it
  • The Bluetooth protocol stack: radio and baseband layers, host controller interface, software layer, Link Manager, LLCAP, RFCOMM, and Service Discovery Protocol
  • All leading Bluetooth usage models, including brand new automotive, multimedia, and "personal area networking" applications
  • In-depth coverage of Bluetooth profiles—including profiles introduced after Bluetooth 1.0
  • Practical techniques for delivering IrDA interoperability
  • An up-to-the-minute snapshot of the Bluetooth marketplace: new tools and product offerings
  • Future Bluetooth versions and applications: An insider's preview

Bluetooth 1.1 overcomes key obstacles to Bluetooth development, dramatically improving interoperability and extending Bluetooth into entirely new application domains. With Bluetooth Revealed, Second Edition, developers and technical managers have a complete blueprint for leveraging the growing power of Bluetooth—starting today.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Bluetooth" and Other Wireless Technologies

Bluetooth" Qualification Program Overview

Future Applications for Bluetooth" Wireless Technology

What Is Bluetooth?

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition.

Foreword to the Second Editon.



Trademark List.


1. What Is Bluetooth?

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The Bluetooth Name and History. Reader's Guide to This Book.

2. Technology Basics.

Wired and Wireless Communications. Radio Frequency Wireless Communications. Infrared Wireless Communication. The Bluetooth RF Communications Solution. Summary.

3. Bluetooth Usage Models.

The Cordless Computer. The Ultimate Headset. The Three-in-One Phone. The Interactive Conference (File Transfer). The Internet Bridge. The Speaking Laptop. The Automatic Synchronizer. The Instant Postcard. Ad Hoc Networking. Hidden Computing. Other Usage Scenarios. Summary.

4. Introduction to the Bluetooth Specification.

Purpose of the Specification. Scope. The Specification's Structure. Relationships. Guide to Understanding the Specification. Summary.


5. The Bluetooth Protocol Stack.

The Protocol Stack Components. The Transport Protocol Group. The Middleware Protocol Group. The Application Group. Summary.

6. The Lower Protocols of the Transport Group.

Protocol Layering and Terminology. The Bluetooth Radio. The Link Controller and Baseband. The Link Manager and Link Manager Protocol. Summary.

7. The Upper Protocols of the Transport Group.

The L2CAP Layer. The Host Controller Interface (HCI). Summary.

8. The RFCOMM and SDP Middleware Protocols.

The RFCOMM Protocol. The Service Discovery Protocol (SDP). Summary.

9. IrDA Interoperability Middleware Protocols.

The IrDA Interoperability Protocols. Summary.

10. Audio and Telephony Control.

Audio and Telephony Control Operation. Summary.


11. The Bluetooth Profiles.

The Version 1.x Profiles. Summary.

12. The Generic Profiles.

Relationships. The Generic Access Profile. The Service Discovery Application Profile. Summary.

13. The Telephony Profiles.

Relationships. The Cordless Telephony Profile. The Intercom Profile. The Headset Profile. Summary.

14. The Serial and Object Exchange Profiles.

Relationships. The Serial Port Profile. The Generic Object Exchange Profile. The Object Push Profile. The File Transfer Profile. The Synchronization Profile. Summary.

15. The Networking Profiles.

Relationships. The Dial-Up Networking Profile. The LAN Access Profile. DUNP and LAP Compared. The Fax Profile. Summary.


16. Related Technology Comparisons.

Types of Networks. Other Wireless Technologies. IrDA and Bluetooth Wireless Communication Compared. HomeRF and Bluetooth Wireless Communication Compared. WPAN Technology Summary. Wireless LANs. IEEE 802.15 and Bluetooth Wireless Communication. Summary.

17. Bluetooth Qualification.

What Is Qualification? Why Qualification? The Bluetooth Qualification Program. Summary.


18. Beyond the Version 1.x Specification.

The SIG Reconstituted. Future Application Domains. Bluetooth Products. Summary.

19. Concluding Thoughts.

The Bluetooth Marketplace. Opportunities.




The convergence of computing and communications has been predicted for many years. Today's explosion of a myriad of new types of personal computing and communications devices-notebook computers, personal digital assistants, "smart" phones, two-way pagers, digital cameras and so on-has resulted in new ways for people to communicate and gain access to data. The advent of this pervasive computing, especially via wireless communications, enables these devices to be used in new settings: not only can people make voice calls from their automobile using a mobile phone, but also they can access the World Wide Web from a wireless notebook or handheld computer while at the airport or a shopping mall. We are rapidly moving toward a world where computing and communications become ubiquitous—not only at work but also in the home, in public places and in personal surroundings.

Until recently, enabling all of these devices to communicate with each other has been cumbersome, often involving the use of special cables to connect the devices together along with device-specific software that might use proprietary protocols. To exchange information among all of her personal devices, a person might need to carry as many cables as devices and still lack assurance that all the devices could interconnect. The inability to share information among devices or the difficulty in doing so limits their usefulness.

The Bluetooth technology enables devices to communicate seamlessly without wires. Although Bluetooth wireless communication is first and foremost a means for cable replacement, it also enables many new applications—the use of a single mobile telephone as a cellular phone, cordless phone or intercom and the use of a notebook computer as a speakerphone, just to name two. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) was formed in early 1998 by Ericsson, Intel, IBM, Nokia and Toshiba to develop an open specification for globally available short-range wireless radio frequency communications. The SIG has published a specification for the Bluetooth radio and baseband along with a set of communication protocols comprising a software stack used with the Bluetooth radio hardware. The Bluetooth radio module design is optimized for very low power consumption, low cost, small footprint and use anywhere in the world. In addition to the core specification, the SIG has also published Bluetooth profiles that describe how to use the software protocols such that interoperability among all kinds of devices can be achieved, regardless of who manufactures these devices. Version 1.0 of the specification was published in July 1999. Today the Bluetooth SIG consists of nine promoter companies (joining the five founding companies noted earlier in the SIG's core group are 3Com, Lucent, Microsoft and Motorola) and more than 2,500 adopter companies from around the world, representing a diverse set of industries.

The specification and profiles continue to evolve as the SIG develops new ways to use the Bluetooth technology. The first products with Bluetooth wireless communications arrived in 2000 led by development tools, mobile telephones, audio headsets, notebook computers, handheld computers and network access points. Additional Bluetooth products, including many classes of devices as well as software, continue to be introduced to the marketplace at an accelerating pace.

A great deal of interest, talent and energy has marshaled around this exciting new technology. Until now most of the information available about Bluetooth wireless communications has been from the SIG's official Web site (http://www.bluetooth.com) or from brief press articles or newsletters. This book aims to be at once authoritative and accessible. Besides discussing background, history and potential future developments, Bluetooth Revealed: The Insider's Guide to an Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications delivers practical explanations of the specification by people who helped to develop it. It is a broad discussion of the topic, containing information that should be of value to industry practitioners, professionals, students and any others who are interested in this topic. No matter what your particular interest is, Bluetooth Revealed is intended to give you the information you need to become a "Bluetooth Insider."


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