What’s the difference between Bluetooth and ZigBee?
This post is by Joe Lomako, Telecoms & Radio Business Development Manager, TRaC
Here’s a very quick run-down of the present differences and similarities of these two remarkable technologies
Let’s firstly take a look at the similarities:
• They are both short range devices
• They operate on an unlicensed band at 2.4GHz
• They use spread spectrum modulation techniques
…and the differences:
• Although they use spread spectrum modulation they have different types: Bluetooth uses Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) and ZigBee uses Discrete Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
• ZigBee tends to have a longer battery life than Bluetooth because of low power applications – potentially years compared to days
• The applications tend to be different; ZigBee is aimed at control, automation and low data rate transmissions, whereas Bluetooth is generally aimed at high data rate applications (eg. music and film streaming)
• ZigBee network joining time is typically 30 msec where as Bluetooth is of the order of 3 secs
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