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BlueZ

BlueZ is the pairing communications Bluetooth* stack for major Linux distributions, supporting all core Bluetooth protocols and layers. Intel’s significant investment in BlueZ is meant to reduce cost and time-to-market in creating a wide range of devices including desktop, mobile and embedded devices, automotive in-vehicle infotainment, phones and hearing aids.

Description

The Value of the BlueZ Project

BlueZ is the pairing communications Bluetooth* stack for major Linux* distributions, supporting all core Bluetooth protocols and layers. Intel’s significant investment in BlueZ is meant to reduce cost and time-to-market in creating a wide range of devices including desktop, mobile and embedded devices, automotive in-vehicle infotainment, phones, and hearing aids. BlueZ is also endorsed by the GENIVI* automotive consortia.

Who It’s For

This project is targeted to Operating System Vendors like Google*, Red Hat*, and Canonical*, as well as Systems Integrators and Original Device Manufacturers creating customized operating systems for embedded systems, including devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). BlueZ is included in the GENIVI automotive consortia specifications, and is used by auto makers such as Jaguar Land Rover* and Toyota*. Linux distributions that contain BlueZ include Debian GNU, Ubuntu*, Fedora*, OpenSuSE*, Mandrake* and Gentoo*.

Project Specifics

BlueZ is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and provides the following features:

  • Complete modular implementation
  • Symmetric multiprocessing safe
  • Multithreaded data processing
  • Support for multiple Bluetooth devices
  • Real hardware abstraction
  • Standard socket interface to all layers
  • Device and service level security support

About Intel Involvement

Intel is a leading contributor to this project, employing currently all but one of the maintainers. Intel ensures the Linux ecosystem has the latest Intel product features and capabilities through its work on BlueZ and the Linux kernel. Enabled features include those of the 32-bit Intel® Quark™ processor as well as the 64-bit Intel® Atom™ processor, Intel® Core™ processor.