CSR said it is making it easier for device manufacturers to deliver multi-room networked home audio products thanks to the VibeHub platform, launched at CES 2014. In a release, the company noted that the platform, available now to developers, will enable consumers to enjoy synchronized multi- room audio around the home using its SyncLock technology. This technology enables products to take content from any local or cloud- based source and create a multi-room audio experience over an existing home Wi-Fi network.
The VibeHub platform gives developers a way to create whole home audio systems. CSR's technology can be integrated and gives developers flexibility to differentiate their designs and determine the end-user experience.
The fully featured VibeHub platform can be used to build wireless speakers, intelligent audio adaptors, networked audio amplifiers and a range of other consumer audio products. These devices can simultaneously pull content from multiple sources including digital media servers, Internet radio or cloud services and distribute around the home autonomously. VibeHub's extensible networking capabilities enable interoperability with a range of today's wireless streaming protocols, including Apple's AirPlay, which means that consumers aren't limited to buying into a specific ecosystem.
The platform's Bluetooth capabilities enable consumers to stream audio from a range of mobile devices, enabling users to share music over the home network to any room without the Bluetooth audio source device having to join the home Wi-Fi network.
"Consumers want networked audio products that accommodate any input and music source they want to use, and allow them to listen to different content in different rooms without any effort," says
-Access point agnostic: VibeHub does not rely on special features in a home's access point so there is no need for end users to purchase additional equipment
-Connectivity functionality: The SyncLock technology inside VibeHub enabled products allows for more connectivity options than any other solution on the market, including Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart, 802.11n, Ethernet, SPDIF as well as analogue jacks
-Interoperability with a wide range of devices: Common music sources including Windows PC, Android, as well as Apple iOS and OSX devices are interoperable. The system allows bridging into a network via existing protocols which lowers the cost of entry for the consumer as they can use existing music sources in the home
-Consumer experience: The VibeHub takes advantage of CSR aptX coding technologies for audio over a Bluetooth connection and a higher bitrate version with forward error correction (FEC) for IP networks. This IP network variant is supported by SyncLock technology, which has been developed for broadcast Audio Over IP applications. SyncLock distributes audio over the network and enables tight synchronization between speakers, meaning there is no noticeable time-lapse experienced by listeners in different rooms. The system can also support multi-user scenarios, giving users the option to listen to different music in different rooms, from a variety of different sources
-Intuitive system control: CSR has developed Android and iOS apps to control the system which can be reskinned by end brands to fit with their look and feel. Many controllers can be used concurrently, enabling a true multi-user, multi-room audio experience
CSR is a global provider of silicon and software solutions for the location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world.
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CSR said it is making it easier for device manufacturers to deliver multi-room networked home audio products thanks to the VibeHub platform, launched at CES 2014.
In a release, the company noted that the platform, available now to developers, will enable consumers to enjoy synchronized multi- room audio around the home using its SyncLock technology. This technology enables products to take content from any local or cloud- based source and create a multi-room audio experience over an existing home Wi-Fi network.