Bluetooth 5 And Beyond: How The World’s Most Successful Communication Technology Is Getting Even Better12/13/2016 - 12/13/2016


Bluetooth 5 and emerging Bluetooth mesh features extend the capabilities and benefits of Bluetooth Low Energy, enabling greater range, reliability, performance, and feature richness to the world’s most ubiquitous, simple, and successful wireless communication standard. This talk explores some of the technical strengths that have made Bluetooth Low Energy so successful, what is new with Bluetooth 5, and what we should expect to see with the emerging Bluetooth mesh. In addition, security and privacy features will be discussed, and how they are protecting users and networks with the rapid proliferation of Bluetooth Low Energy devices. With all the new capabilities and backwards compatibility to existing Bluetooth Low Energy, we will finish by exploring how Bluetooth Low Energy is enabling new capabilities for retail, industrial, automotive, and consumer markets.


Michael McDonald is a Vice President at Toshiba Semiconductor and Storage where his group supports the various business units in identifying emerging markets and technologies. Prior to Toshiba, Michael McDonald founded Skylane Technology, where he supported and raised over $30M for startup software and hardware companies working on next generation vehicle and self-driving car technology. He has over 25 years’ experience in product management for both technology startups and larger technology companies like LSI (now Avago), Broadcom (now Avago), Marvell, and Infineon. He has a BSEE from Rice University in Houston, TX, and has been an active member of the IEEE for over 20 years.



Dec. 13, 2016

Meetings start at 6:30pm with pizza & drinks. 

The talk starts at 7:00pm, and the meeting ends at 8:30PM.

Fees paid at door

Non-IEEE members $10

IEEE members - $5

IEEE CES and IEEE Student members - Free

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