Bluetooth Smart (often known as Bluetooth low energy) enables low power devices and sensors to connect to the latest smartphones and tablets. Bluetooth Smart was introduced with the Bluetooth 4.0 specification, and enables a new low power radio. CSR µEnergy silicon provides a complete Bluetooth qualified solution to develop products that make use of the Bluetooth low energy standard .
Bluetooth low energy enables ultra low power connectivity and basic data transfer for applications previously limited by the power consumption, size constraints and complexity of other wireless standards. CSR’s easy-to-integrate, cost-effective Bluetooth low energy platform is enabling new applications for remote controls, watches, sports equipment, health sensors and home automation.
Bluetooth Smart is also enabling a new range of innovative 'appcessories'. Bluetooth Smart ready devices such as the latest Apple iOS devices have an API (coreBluetooth) that enables developers to create applications to communicate with Bluetooth Smart accessories. With Bluetooth Smart it is possible to develop an application and an accessory without the need for a specific profile. Innovators can build new products that work seamlessly with the smartphone and benefit from the rich user interface and connectivity it provides, while supporting compact hardware accessories with increadible batter life.
Bluetooth Smart has been adopted in Windows 8 as the standard for low power HID (Human Interface Device) accessories. With Windows 8 devices consumers can benefit from long battery life, and no need to install drivers or clog their USB ports with dongles. With the emergence of the Tablet and Ultrabook form factor Bluetooth Smart is set to become the standard for wireless keyboards, mice and touch pads.