The True Cost of Free Bluetooth

When integrating Bluetooth into a new device, you have two options: an open source/free Bluetooth stack supplied by a semiconductor chip manufacturer; or a commercial turnkey Bluetooth solution from a specialized provider. Although the prospect of a free Bluetooth stack is appealing, you need to consider the hidden costs that come with such a solution.

Our article answers five questions you should ask yourself when deciding whether free or commercial Bluetooth is the better fit for your device requirements:

  • Can you afford changes to open source code?
  • Do you have a complex system?
  • How much time do you have?
  • How much help do you want?
  • Do debugging tools matter?


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