Bluetooth Daughter Card (BDC)

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Bluetooth Daughter Card (BDC)

This is a USB Bluetooth Adapter that is installed in a CDC slot. Not to be confused with the later BDC 14-pin-socket.


  • Chipset: TDK
  • USB ID: 04bf:0310

IBM Partnumbers

IBM FRU PN: 12P3872, 26P8071

Also known (in IBM literature) as....

  • Bluetooth Daughter Card
  • Bluetooth Daughter Card board
  • BDC board


A firmware update is available for this adapter from IBM.
The updated firmware is version 310, and is available here

This firmware update can unfortunately only be applied from Windows.
In theory an update for Linux exists; the BTDFU update utility that can be found on the pages of Marcel Holtmann, the current Linux BlueZ stack maintainer, which can be found here. You need to get the original IBM update file and extract the file with the extension "dfu" from it using cabextract. Using the btdfu tool and this file it should be possible to update the firmware. This procedure has not yet been confirmed.

Linux driver

This card will work with the standard Linux Bluetooth drivers.

This device is implemented as a USB device, you might be able to enabled or disabled it using Fn-F5.

Also be aware that this card has a three pin connector used for currently unknown purposes. The later model Thinkpads have a two pin connector that will not fit.

ThinkPads this card may be found in

External Sources