Imagination announces Bluetooth Caskeid multiroom audio streaming technology

June 9 2014, 19:01
Caskeid is a family of technologies developed by Imagination Technologies to deliver efficient and accurate wireless multiroom audio. Specifically, Caskeid technologies address accurate and advanced synchronization, effective low latency and fully functioned management of the speaker system. Caskeid technologies are available for licensing from Imagination now as part of its portfolio of advanced connected consumer technology products for custom SoC design.
With the new Bluetooth Caskeid technology from Imagination Technologies, users can simply select audio from their chosen music or radio service app and send it via Bluetooth to a Caskeid speaker. The Caskeid technology integrated into the speaker takes care of ensuring that music is then seamlessly and synchronously sent to all the speakers in the group.

Both PEAQ and Pure are already shipping Caskeid enabled speakers and Onkyo is to use the technology in a future product range. Pure has announced also that is has integrated Bluetooth Caskeid into its Jongo wireless speaker range allowing the speakers to be used with any music streaming services including Pandora, Rdio, Deezer and Spotify.
Three major brands, Onkyo, PEAQ and Pure, have already announced that they are using the full suite of Caskeid technologies in their products. Many more licensees are in the pipeline to integrate Caskeid or selected technologies from the Caskeid family.
To make Caskeid’s advanced capabilities fully accessible to music services, a Caskeid Software Developer Kit (SDK) enables agnostic app support over Wi-Fi for any Caskeid speakers. Apps that have Caskeid embedded into them will give users a richer multiroom audio experience. Announcements from partners who are using the SDK are expected later this year.
Uniquely, Caskeid technology delivers outstanding audiophile-quality stereo playback with less than 25us synchronisation accuracy, providing a true “Wi-Fi Hi-Fi” experience that is good enough to replace wires, satisfying even the most demanding audiophile.
According to Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination, “Caskeid has already proven itself as the most accurate and advanced audio synchronization technology available to consumers and we are seeing strong interest from our partners and licensees as a result. Bluetooth Caskeid brings this superior audio synchronization technology together with every available music, radio and audio app, giving music fans access to multiroom audio regardless of their chosen music service. We believe that Caskeid will be the leading technology behind the inevitable growth in wireless speakers and the ability to use any audio app with multiple speakers makes the technology even more attractive both to our partners and consumers alike.” |
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