Bluetooth 5.0 vs 5.1 vs 5.2 vs 5.3: What You Should Know

23, Aug, 2023

23, Aug, 2023

 

Introduction

While the latest version of Bluetooth has only recently been released, it's already outperforming its predecessors in some areas. While it might seem like a small upgrade on paper, there are some big changes to be aware of if you're thinking about taking advantage of this new technology. In this article, we'll dive into what makes Bluetooth 5.3 so special and why it could become more widespread in the near future.

 

Bluetooth 5.3 versus its predecessors

In the middle of 2016, Bluetooth 5.0—a major advancement that doubled transfer rates, quadrupled ranges and maintained low power consumption with an eye on the Internet of Things—arrived. It also enabled more data to be sent in each message. In terms of numbers, the transmission rate reached 50 Mb/s and the range reached 240 meters.

The 2019 release of Bluetooth 5.1, which centered on location and enabled devices to pinpoint the exact location of other connected devices within a few centimeters, was a major advancement. You will also be able to determine the direction a signal is coming from.

Bluetooth 5.2, commonly referred to as Bluetooth LE Audio: It is a standard that was released at the beginning of 2020, and it enhances energy efficiency and sound quality in all connected devices used for audio tasks. The Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3) is a novel codec that enables simultaneous audio transfer to several devices and can more effectively compress and decompress the data being transported.

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Bluetooth 5.3: Released in May 2022 after being announced in July 2021 but not till then. Depending on the required bandwidth, this version offers lower consumption when in use, connections with less interference, greater connection security, and better quality always.

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What is Improved in Bluetooth 5.3?

Bluetooth 5.3 is a minor update to the Bluetooth 5 standard that includes the following improvements:

The biggest one is the support for Periodic Advertising Enhancement: Normally, Bluetooth transmitting devices will send the same data out many times to make sure it is received, but this innovation means that the received data only needs to be examined once and duplicates will be instantly deleted. Even receiving devices may benefit from this efficiency in terms of energy savings. This allows for better discovery and tracking, especially in crowded environments such as stadiums or shopping malls where there are many Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) devices operating at once.

Another improvement is related to encryption key size control enhancements: now you can specify whether you want your device to use longer keys or faster encryption algorithms; depending on what you need (speed vs security). When transmitting data, Bluetooth devices frequently encrypt it to safeguard it. The security of this encryption is in part dependent upon the length of the key. The ability of the host to specify a minimum key size reduces the amount of back-and-forth communication between the transmitter and receiver on this issue.

Connection Subrating. This feature enables quick switching between low-duty and heavy-duty cycles, which is meant to improve user experience. For example, Bluetooth hearing aid users will typically have their device on a low-duty cycle, but the quicker it can switch to a high-duty cycle when they receive a call or play music from their smartphone, the better for the user experience.

Channel Classification Enhancement. When data packets are transferred over many frequencies, this improvement enables channel classification on the part of peripheral Bluetooth devices. This was previously only feasible through the Central device, but the new approach will reduce the likelihood of packet collisions and boost throughput.

 

The Future of Bluetooth: What to Expect

 

  • Multi-stream

Multi-stream is a feature that allows for multi-device support using Bluetooth. Using this feature, you can connect to two devices at once and switch between them with ease. This is great for anyone who needs to multitask, such as someone who uses a phone and laptop at the same time or wants to listen to music on their headphones while also listening to a podcast.

  • Multi-channel audio codec

The LC3 audio codec provides high-quality audio streaming by increasing the bitrate. This means that Bluetooth will offer better sound quality than previous versions of Bluetooth And it accomplishes this at half the earlier SBC codec's bitrate.

Because LC3 requires less bandwidth to carry larger amounts of data because of the lower bitrate, less power is consumed. This benefits the battery life of your smartphone and allows manufacturers the freedom to design items with smaller batteries and slimmer forms.

It uses less energy and has a better latency as well. Hearing aid users and those who use true wireless (TWS) headphones will both benefit greatly from this. With less latency, sound travels to you at the same speed as it does to people with normal hearing.

  • Assistive listening

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are becoming more common in vehicles, homes, and offices around the world. ALDs allow people with hearing impairments to hear sound clearly by sending an incoming signal through an earpiece worn by the user. They can be used in a variety of situations including meetings, presentations or even watching movies with friends and family members who want to make sure they can hear everything clearly without disturbing others around them. The technology behind these devices relies heavily on frequencies transmitted over Bluetooth headsets.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, Bluetooth 5.3 is a more stable and faster version of Bluetooth 5.0. We can expect this technology to become even more popular in the future as it offers many significant benefits over earlier versions of Bluetooth such as improvements in range and battery life for devices with short-range connections.

 

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