Two decades ago, Bluetooth 1.0 was invented. The point was to replace simple data cables with short-range radios. Sounds like a swell idea, but it was bad. The 1.0 standard was lacking, adoption was slow, devices often didn’t work together at all, and even “good” connections were sluggish, unreliable, and ate through batteries. But twenty years is a long time, and with version 4.2 of the Bluetooth standard just around the corner, the potential in these devices has never been greater. They can be amazing, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy or cheap to make them so. Some companies still skimp, but that’s not our style.
If you have a Bluetooth device that doesn’t work well, it could be a lot of things. Maybe they picked a cheap chip antenna or designed their custom etch antenna poorly. Maybe they forgot to check their antenna’s directional radiation patterns, or didn’t bother to do in-system tuning of the reactive matching network. Maybe to get the battery life they promised you, they had to unconditionally knock 10dBm off the radio transmit power and abandon their fade margin. Or maybe the engineers did everything exactly right, but then their managers had the electronics made offshore where dielectric requirements often go out the window, and it’s common for inferior components to be secretly swapped into the build to cut costs.
You don’t really need to understand or worry about those things; we’ll do that for you. And when we’re done with that, we’ll have Range Oven Intelligence tested and certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, just so you’ll be sure. That’s the only way you’re allowed to put that cool, pointy little Bluetooth logo on your product, and only products bearing that logo are guaranteed to work together. Supermechanical’s attention to detail is our most plentiful resource, and that’s all you need to get Bluetooth just right.