Bluetooth SIG has announced a new prototype specification named Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), which provides faster data transmissions and improve the user experience though higher transmission speeds and even lower power consumption. EDR will triple the Bluetooth data transfer speeds and will allow multiple bluetooth devices to talk and task with each other, thanks to more available bandwidth. In other words, better multitasking. The lower power consumption will enable a new generation of Bluetooth devices to last up to twice the current operating time. EDR is backwards compatible with the previous specifications. The Bluetooth SIG expects the EDR specification to be finalized in fall 2004, with products based upon the specification available in 2005.