StreamUnlimited Announces StreamSDK availability on MediaTek MT8516 SOC

April 19 2019, 01:50
StreamSDK, acknowledged in the audio industry for its feature-rich wireless audio streaming software stack, is now available on the MT8516 chipset from MediaTek. StreamUnlimited developed StreamSDK to be flexible enough to run on multiple hardware configurations, allowing manufacturers to remain with their chosen SoC supplier or to select the best hardware module for the product feature set, price point and target market. StreamUnlimited also confirmed AirPlay 2 is now available in StreamSDK, and hardware platforms across major SOC suppliers.

StreamSDK from StreamUnlimited is a modular software solution that transports any streaming audio, supporting Chromecast built-in, Google Assistant, Apple Airplay 2, Amazon Voice Services, and a vast range of music and Internet radio services, with support for high resolution audio, UPnP/DLNA, USB, BT, wireless and Ethernet connections. The SDK features a graphical user interface, Android and iOS applications and a proprietary Multiroom streaming solution.

The MT8516 chipset from MediaTek is a popular integrated application processing platform and the combination with StreamSDK enables seamless product integration. Features of the MT8516 chipset include an integrated quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A35 MP Core operating up to 1.3 GHz, raw NAND and eMMC support, WiFi, Bluetooth 5 and BTLE 4.0 with RF built-in and multiple I/O including I2S x2 (4 channels), TDM (up to 8 channels), PDM (2 channels), SPDIF Rx/Tx and embedded 2 channel stereo audio DAC and ADC. The MT8516 platform also supports Dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO.

Providing a powerful quad core platform and 1.3GHz CPU, feature integration possibilities include all popular online music streaming services, the Google Assistant, Chromecast built-in, Amazon Alexa and AirPlay 2 enabled products, whilst offering a future proof solution optimized for cost and low power consumption.

"The collaboration with MediaTek in porting our StreamSDK to their MT8516 chipset is invaluable in enabling both companies to offer a complete software and hardware option for existing and new business," says Frits Wittgrefe, CEO at StreamUnlimited. "Our solutions including StreamSDK software address the feature sets and ecosystems in high consumer demand and relieve the burden on our brand customers striving to create state-of –the-art products".

"It's a smart combination to bring StreamUnlimited's StreamSDK to MediaTek's MT8516 platform which is known for its superior audio quality, processing power and power savings. This combination of hardware and software, along with support for the latest online music streaming services, opens the door for companies that want to bring voice assistants to the smart speaker market," says Alan Hsu, General Manager of MediaTek's Intelligent Multimedia Business Unit.

StreamSDK AirPlay 2 Support
As previously promised, StreamUnlimited confirmed that native integration of AirPlay 2 in its StreamSDK software is now available. This new integration brings AirPlay 2 to StreamUnlimited's wide array of audio product manufacturers, producing smart speakers, multichannel soundbars, AVRs and more. Alongside the StreamSDK software integration, StreamUnlimited also enabled AirPlay 2 on hardware platforms across major SOC suppliers. 

"We are proud to be working closely with Apple development teams for AirPlay 2 to deliver native implementation to our industry leading brand customers, and are excited to see the impact that this feature has already had in the marketplace. Enabling consumers to control their products in a multi-room scenario using iOS devices and Siri marks a significant progression for Apple and allows our customers to stay at the forefront of a highly competitive marketplace".

"Bang & Olufsen have relied on StreamUnlimited's expertise in wireless audio streaming for multiple product generations, helping us to bring high quality and unique designs to market using the StreamSDK software platform," confirms Petros Belimpasakis, Director of Product Management at Bang & Olufsen, which recently implemented AirPlay 2 for its Beosound Edge and Beosound 1 speakers, released in 2018.
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