Bluetooth Specification and Qualification
Bluetooth Standard & Qualification - What
is it all about?
a manufacturer to use Bluetooth
technology in their products they
must first sign a Bluetooth
Special Interest Group (SIG)
membership agreement, this is
subject to to an intellectual
property license (which includes
qualification). The purpose of the
qualification process is to enable
interoperability of Bluetooth
equipment between different
Qualification allows members to
make sure their product complies
with the Bluetooth specification.
Also see Bluetooth
Bluetooth qualification works by
conformance testing with a
reference test system as well as
testing against another qualified
Bluetooth product. Testing also
involves the submission of
compliance declarations as well as
the assessment of the compliance
documentation by a Bluetooth
Qualification Body (BQB). Once a
product is Bluetooth qualified the
company is then permitted to use
the Bluetooth brand.
The significance of the Bluetooth Qualification Program
that it assures product quality and conformance with standards. It thus is an
important mechanism to ensure
interoperability with other, similarly qualified, Bluetooth enabled products. Put
simply, if people buy Bluetooth products and
find that they don't interoperate with each other sales of Bluetooth will
dive; on the other hand, if the reverse is true they will accelerate.
For a comprehensive description of the
qualification process, please visit the Blueooth
Program website - be sure to check the FAQ's on the site which provides some
useful detail. Here we provide just a succinct overview.
Bluetooth Qualification Program (BQP)
The Bluetooth Qualification Program defines certain minimal testing
standards for all products which implement Bluetooth wireless technology.
Qualification is a necessary precondition of the intellectual property
license for Bluetooth wireless technology. Successful participation in the
Qualification Program is also necessary in order to use applicable
Bluetooth trademarks on product. The qualification program is
overseen and administered by the Bluetooth Qualification Review Board (BQRB).
Bluetooth qualification encompasses both physical testing
alongside conformance declarations, in an effort
to balance interoperability with time-to-market requirements. The Bluetooth
product qualification process involves Adopters, Bluetooth Qualification Bodies
(BQB), Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities (BQTF) and the Bluetooth
Qualification Administrator (BQA). Details on these are available
Qualification Body (BQB)
A BQB is a person authorized by the BQRB to add products to the Qualified Products List.
As of early 2002 there exist around 30 BQBs worldwide - a current list may be
found in the qualification area of the Bluetooth SIG website. Any BQB can
guide a potential manufacturer through the qualification process in detail.
Qualification Test Facility (BQTF)
A Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF) is an organization which has
been accredited by the SIG's BQRB to perform those Bluetooth qualification tests requiring an accredited
facility, identified as "Category A" in the Test Case Reference List (TCRL). A BQTF must be a SIG Member or a wholly owned subsidiary of
Qualified Products List
The Bluetooth SIG maintain a publicly available list of Bluetooth qualified
products - as of early 2002 there were some 480 qualified products listed, an
indication of the increasing availability of Bluetooth technology and products.
Further documents, listed below, define the different detailed aspects of the Bluetooth Qualification
Availability of these documents is restricted to members of the Bluetooth
Qualification Program Reference Document (BQ PRD)
Official publication listing Bluetooth Qualification Program policies.
Case Reference List (TCRL)
Lists all test cases related to Bluetooth product qualification. An
Addendum (at the same location) reports errata and category changes
between Test Case List releases.
Describes conformance and interoperability test cases in detail, for
Bluetooth protocol and profile testing - access restricted to SIG members.
ICS & IXIT Proforma
A declaration provided by a manufacturer to state the supported capabilities and
features of a Bluetooth specification compliant product. The document is
subdivided into annexes, covering the Bluetooth protocols and profiles.