Summit Semiconductor is offering new extended distance transmit and receive modules for multi-zone home theater and whole-home audio applications that are Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association compliant. The new modules are designed to transmit high-quality, uncompressed audio up to 100 meters line of sight.
Product demonstrations of this new technology took place during CEDIA EXPO 2014, last month in Denver.
“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 eight 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 demonstrated a wireless 5.1 home theater system with Summit’s extended distance modules that simultaneously transmitted 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.”