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Networking Protocols : Bluetooth Architecture

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Executive Summary

Bluetooth uses a variety of protocols. Core protocols are defined by the trade organization Bluetooth SIG. Additional protocols have been adopted from other standards bodies. This paper gives an overview of the core protocols and those adopted protocols that are widely used. The Bluetooth protocol stack is split in two parts: a "Controller stack" containing the timing critical radio interface, and a "Host stack" dealing with high level data. The controller stack is generally implemented in a low cost silicon device containing the Bluetooth radio and a microprocessor. The host stack is generally implemented as part of an operating system, or as an installable package on top of an operating system.

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