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CES Showcases the Increasing Impact of Bluetooth on Emerging Applications in Consumer IoT

Published: 29 January 2014

ID: G00261057

Analyst(s): Mark Hung

Summary

Bluetooth has emerged as the early leader for wireless technologies in the nascent consumer Internet of Things market, thereby impacting wireless semiconductor vendors and the consumer device market.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Bluetooth's footprint in smartphones, tablets and PCs gives it a leg up against other wireless technologies, creating a "greenfield" opportunity for semiconductor vendors in the IoT market
  • BLE's low power consumption makes it well-suited for many consumer IoT applications, thereby providing consumer device vendors more design flexibility and utility
  • Bluetooth's short reach and limited networking capabilities will drive consumer device vendors to adopt competitive wireless technologies in the near term

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