19.09.14

Summit Semiconductor Announces Extended Distance Modules in Support of WiSA's Whole House Audio Specification

Summit Semiconductor, a leader in advanced wireless audio technologies today announced the availability of new extended distance transmit...

Summit Semiconductor, a leader in advanced wireless audio technologies today announced the availability of new extended distance transmit and receive modules for multi-zone home theater and whole home audio applications that support the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA®) Association's updated compliance and interoperability test specification. The new modules can transmit high quality, uncompressed audio up to 100 meters line of site. "These new transmit modules enable a single WiSA compliant audio system to support both multi-channel wireless home theater as well as multi-zone, whole house audio streaming," said Tom Lee, president of the WiSA Association. "Consumers will no longer have to purchase two separate audio systems, one for home theater and a different system for streaming audio content around the house. Both popular capabilities can be addressed by a single WiSA certified audio system at significant cost savings to the consumer." When integrated in an AVR, audio hub, HDTV, Blu-ray player or gaming console, a single transmit module can manage up 32 speakers, and 8 different zones with separate volume control while simultaneously supporting both home theater and multi-zone audio transport. For example, during CEDIA Expo the WiSA Association will be demonstrating a wireless 5.1 home theater system with Summit's extended distance modules that will also simultaneously transmit a separate stereo pair with different content to a separate location. The new extended distance modules come pre-certified by country and are backward compatible to the prior generation of Summit's home theater wireless modules. Engineering samples for the new extended distance modules are available from Summit Semiconductor. "We're excited to offer the new extended distance modules in support of the WiSA Association's multi-zone and whole house initiative," said Tony Parker, vice president of marketing, Summit Semiconductor. "This is a perfect tool for audio products that need high resolution multi-channel audio, but want to appeal to a broader base as a multi-media whole house platform. Products such as a HDTV, AVR/Pre-amp, game console, soundbar and HTiB can benefit significantly from adding these modules to their designs." If you are interested in receiving a product demonstration at CEDIA Expo, Denver Convention Center, September 11-13, 2014, please visit sound room 13 at the WiSA Association. www.summitsemi.com