10 Jan 2013

Microchip Launches Wireless Audio Platform

Microchip has launched a Wi-Fi audio connectivity platform featuring the new JukeBlox 3.2 platform and software development kit - to support all major mobile and PC operating systems together with the DLNA® standard.

This development is said to be unique and utlising a platform which has not been widely used for this type of application.

It includes seamless support for iOS/AirPlay®, Android™, Windows® 8 (mobile and PC), and Mac® in one solution. JukeBlox 3.2 operates on all of Microchip’s existing JukeBlox network media processors and modules, and further adds JB Cloud, which enables a compelling new consumer experience by directly streaming cloud-based music services while using mobile devices as remote controls. This eliminates the need for mobile devices to act as servers, where they consume power and must stop the music to take phone calls or support other personal audio functions, freeing them up to be what they were intended to be: personal communication and Internet devices. In addition, the SDK has expanded whole-home audio functionality via JB MultiZone 2.0, enabling more robust and extensive simultaneous synchronised audio streaming and control to multiple JB-enabled devices in the home.

Because Microchip’s JukeBlox Platform is the first wireless audio connectivity platform to provide compatibility with all of the major operating systems and audio-interoperability standards in a comprehensive SDK, it is the best and only complete solution for developers. This platform includes SoCs and modules for Wi-Fi networking and media processing; an application software layer for mobile devices and control interfaces; peripheral interfaces and control; and GUI options. It is also cost-effective enough to enable consumer products which retail for as little as $129.

The new JB Cloud software offers product developers and Internet music service providers a compelling new use case and architecture for enabling direct cloud music service streaming with mobile device control, all managed from the native music service app. This dramatically improves the consumer’s in-home experience, enables many more product companies to provide support for the music services, and significantly reduces the support and maintenance for both product companies and service providers, as user control is managed from the service provider’s native app.

The JukeBlox Platform’s expanded MultiZone 2.0 capability supports all the core technologies needed for compelling whole-home audio applications, including the discovery, pairing, group management, control, streaming and synchronisation of any audio input source to multiple JB-enabled devices throughout the home. This high-value feature enables the next generation of interoperability between devices, and potentially across brands, helping consumers to realise the full potential of their networked audio products.

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