Bluetooth Standard &
Qualification - What
is it all about?
The significance of the Bluetooth Qualification Program
(BQP) is that it assures product quality and conformance with standards. It thus is an
important mechanism to ensure interoperability with other, similarly qualified, Bluetooth
enabled products. Put simply, if people buy Bluetooth products and find that they don't
interoperate with each other sales of Bluetooth will dive; on the other hand, if the
reverse is true they will accelerate.
For a comprehensive description of the qualification
process, please visit the Blueooth Qualification Program website - be
sure to check the FAQ's on the site which provides some useful detail. Here we
provide just a succinct overview.
Bluetooth Qualification Program (BQP)
The Bluetooth Qualification Program defines certain minimal testing standards for all
products which implement Bluetooth wireless technology. Qualification is a
necessary precondition of the intellectual property license for Bluetooth wireless
technology. Successful participation in the Qualification Program is also
necessary in order to use applicable Bluetooth trademarks on product. The
qualification program is overseen and administered by the Bluetooth Qualification Review
Bluetooth qualification encompasses both physical testing alongside
conformance declarations, in an effort to balance interoperability with time-to-market
requirements. The Bluetooth product qualification process involves Adopters, Bluetooth
Qualification Bodies (BQB), Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities (BQTF) and the
Bluetooth Qualification Administrator (BQA). Details on these are available below:
Bluetooth Qualification Body (BQB)
A BQB is a person authorized by the BQRB to add products to the Qualified Products
List. As of early 2002 there exist around 30 BQBs worldwide - a current list
may be found in the qualification area of the Bluetooth SIG website. Any BQB can
guide a potential manufacturer through the qualification process in detail.
Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF)
A Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF) is an organization which has been
accredited by the SIG's BQRB to perform those Bluetooth qualification tests requiring an
accredited facility, identified as "Category A" in the Test Case Reference
List (TCRL). A BQTF must be a SIG Member or a wholly owned subsidiary of such.
Bluetooth Qualified Products List
The Bluetooth SIG maintain a publicly available list of Bluetooth qualified products -
as of early 2002 there were some 480 qualified products listed, an indication of the
increasing availability of Bluetooth technology and products.
Further documents, listed below, define the different detailed aspects of the
Bluetooth Qualification Program.
Availability of these documents is restricted to members of the Bluetooth SIG.
Bluetooth Qualification Program Reference Document (BQ PRD)
Official publication listing Bluetooth Qualification Program policies.
Test Case Reference List (TCRL)
Lists all test cases related to Bluetooth product qualification. An Addendum (at the
same location) reports errata and category changes between Test Case List releases.
Describes conformance and interoperability test cases in detail, for Bluetooth
protocol and profile testing - access restricted to SIG members.
Bluetooth ICS & IXIT Proforma
A declaration provided by a manufacturer to state the supported capabilities and
features of a Bluetooth specification compliant product. The document is subdivided into
annexes, covering the Bluetooth protocols and profiles.