White Paper on Bluetooth Low Energy 5 real-world performance

White Paper on Bluetooth Low Energy 5 real-world performance

By eeNews Europe

The experts analysed the performance of the wireless standard under various conditions to give an accurate estimate of its capabilities. The aim of the research was to identify new applications and to check the validity of common marketing.

The tests used a Nordic nRF52840 prototype for the hardware and an alpha version of Soft Device S140 for the software. Two preview development kits (PDKs) were used. Both PDKs were linked and moved further apart to measure the power consumption, data throughput, and range of the Bluetooth 5 line.

The study showed a significant increase in range over Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2, with a simultaneous reduction in energy consumption. The tests were carried out in an open field, a forest, an urban shopping mall, and offices to see how different environments affected the specifications. The white paper also provides a summary of the Bluetooth specifications and an overview of relevant products.

The white paper is the result of a bachelor thesis written by a Pforzheim University student who interned at Rutronik.

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