Dean Anthony Gratton

  October 2014      

The Zen of the 'N'
Why Weightless Finally Makes Sense?, October 2014

   “NWave, a recently signed-up member to join the group, will help to draft the next generation of white space technology…”

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“I intimated in last month’s feature that I wanted to tackle small cells aka femtocells. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I will look (honestly) at this in November’s post as something else came along. Let me explain: I was perusing my regular technology haunts for the latest news, gossip and rumours, when I stumbled upon a story about the Weightless SIG and how they have shifted their technology agenda and remit. Alas, this news left me aghast with an awful feeling that I was right, “Has the Hype killed the ‘White space’ radio star?”

Always the last to know
On discovering this revelation, knowing that my feature had already been published, I was nothing more than distraught and quite frankly annoyed! You see, I thought I had the heads-up, that I was ‘in with the crowd’ rubbing shoulders with the likes of… anyway, surely I had a unique route into the ‘know,’ relying on my so called ‘insiders’ who would be happy to metaphorically ‘spill the beans’ for some backhanded moolah, or a glass of wine (let’s not name, names). Clearly, it seems that adopting a News of the World (NOTW) journalistic ‘hack’ on creating upcoming news, gossip and rumours is the way to go, but I didn’t – damn it! Come back Rebekah Brooks et. al., I need you… Alas, it seems I’m always the last to know!  …”

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Classic Bluetooth®, high speed and low energy technologies
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The Next Generation of Bluetooth® wireless technology provides a thorough analysis of the Bluetooth v4.x specification, that is, classic Bluetooth, high speed and low energy (Bluetooth Smart) technologies.

In this book, Gratton addresses all aspects of the new Bluetooth v4.x specification. The book provides extensive coverage of the physical and data link layers; the host controller; Bluetooth’s host (upper) protocol stack layers, as well as providing insight into security, encryption and authentication schemes. What’s more, Gratton offers an understanding of the testing, certification and qualification processes, which are all new to the v4.x specification. Finally, the book assists the reader in making informed decisions as to their Bluetooth product roadmap and assesses Bluetooth’s role within the Internet of Things (IoT).


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