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Broadcom's WICED SDK supports HD audio streaming over WiFi

Posted: 08 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  SDK  audio streaming  WiFi  Apple 

Broadcom Corp. has released a software development kit (SDK) to its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) portfolio to enable HD audio streaming over WiFi networks. According to the company, the SDK provides OEMs with a solution that delivers audio content directly to speakers from any device connected to the WiFi network, without the use of a docking station or cable.

The SDK includes pre-integrated Apple AirPlay support. Additionally, home media devices can seamlessly connect to products such as smart TVs, portable speakers, media players, set-top boxes, sound bars and more, using the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard or an advanced streaming application for Android. WICED Audio also improves synchronization and offers significant range benefits that enable multiple configurations with multiple speakers on the same WiFi network.

The WICED SDK features mature and proven API that allows customers to quickly implement applications that stream audio over the Internet directly to speakers. Its I2S driver and API function calls directly interface to audio DACs with precise clocking. The SDK also offers support for 16bit and 24bit audio samples; multiple audio sample rates, including 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz; and widely used audio codecs such as WavPack and Celt.

Additionally, the SDK touts synchronization algorithms that use timing information from WiFi packets. Broadcom's WICED platform eases development and simplifies implementation of WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity in an array of consumer devices, particularly in products without sophisticated user interfaces or existing networking capabilities.

The Broadcom WICED Audio SDK is sampling with reference modules and an SDK that enables fast time to market and simplified system integration.

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