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Wireless audio processor supports tri-band frequency

Posted: 20 Jun 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless  audio processor  connectivity 

SMSC launches the DARR83 that claims to be the most complete digital wireless audio processor with tri-band frequency support. Based on SMSC's latest KleerNet technology, the DARR83 also has an embedded multi-channel audio controller with USB 2.0 connectivity.

According to SMSC, KleerNet delivers interoperability between audio products from various brands to allow consumers to instantly connect their KleerNet-enabled devices without the need for special hardware or software drivers and is targeted at solutions for PC, tablet, home theatre and gaming applications.

As a result, consumers will be able to enjoy low power, high quality HD wireless audio technology that is simple and easy to use over a host of home or portable entertainment systems, SMSC said.

"Consumers are looking to access their digital content from any device, anywhere and at any time," said Gene Sheridan, SMSC senior vice president and general manager for wireless products.

Some of the wireless audio products that incorporate KleerNet technology are 5.1/7.1 surround sound home theatre systems, sound bars, sub-woofers, headphones, and gaming and VOIP headsets.

The KleerNet wireless audio products are designed to co-exist with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth traffic and support multi-band RF (2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz), low latency, low power and high bit and sampling rates.

SMSC recently presented its Kleer uncompressed digital wireless audio technology at the Computex exhibition in Taiwan.

Robert Jetter, Astro Gaming VP of engineering, said the company has selected SMSC's Kleer technology for its wireless gaming platform. He cited the product's high quality sound with extreme low latency, absolute requirements for avid gamers.

Tony Di Chiro, Monster Cable director of new technology, said it has also chosen the technology for its StreamCast wireless audio ECO system.

"When choosing a wireless audio technology that lives up to the high standards of our Monster audio products, we needed a solution that provides easy connectivity and best-in-class audio quality with the capability of streaming audio to multiple zones in the home," Di Chiro said.

SMSC recently acquired Bridge Co, a purchase intended to cement the company's focus in wireless audio solutions. BridgeCo's JukeBlox Wi-Fi connected audio platform offers popular music applications along with the industry standard Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfaces to give customers access to music content from all over the world via their home networks or the Internet.

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