LONDON, Sept. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, announces Caskeid, the world's most accurately synchronised wireless multiroom connected audio streaming technology.
A tried and tested system, Caskeid enables any compatible* audio device to stream music to Caskeid-enabled audio components or media servers over standard domestic Wi-Fi networks with low-latency synchronisation that is far superior to any other multi-speaker solution on the market today and indistinguishable from the timing accuracy of a wired system.
This is enabled by Imagination's unique technology that was created leveraging Imagination's in-depth understanding of both Wi-Fi and audio. Caskeid is the ultimate wireless connectivity technology, enabling wireless speakers and audio systems including docks, smart-devices, radios and servers to work seamlessly and robustly in unison.
The unique technology within Caskeid delivers outstanding audiophile-quality stereo playback with less than 50µS delay; a true 'Wi-Fi Hi-Fi' that is good enough to replace wires**, satisfying even the most demanding audiophile***. Indeed, the synchronisation offered by Caskeid is so accurate that customers will be able to build everything from straightforward multiroom wireless audio products to fully wireless surround sound systems with separate tuned speakers across stereo sources.
Caskeid works seamlessly with Imagination's new FlowAudio cloud-based music and radio service which delivers access to over 24 million music tracks as well as hundreds of thousands of radio stations, on-demand programmes and podcasts. FlowAudio was announced by Imagination separately today.
Caskeid technology is available for licensing from Imagination now as part of its portfolio of advanced connected consumer technology products for custom SoC design. The first Caskeid compatible audio modules are already shipping from Frontier Silicon, part of Toumaz Group, with more to follow. Caskeid based products are shipping from Pure, Imagination's consumer electronics division, with more to follow from other leading consumer audio brands.
Says Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination: "The result of years of hard work from our leading signal processing, communications and systems engineers, Caskeid is uniquely effective at maintaining extremely low latency seamless synchronisation of audio streams across one, two or many wireless devices. Caskeid is the latest example of how Imagination is developing its system-level technology solutions portfolio to help more of our semiconductor and OEM/ODM partners deliver stunning, high-quality products at aggressive price/performance points. High-quality audio is in our blood: we think Caskeid demonstrates yet again what is possible with Imagination."
Caskeid is supported by an app framework for Android/iOS that provides full control and configuration for all Caskeid products. OEMs/ODMs can leverage the off-the-shelf app framework or can work with Imagination to customise an app for their brand.
Discover the magic of Caskeid with Jongo from Pure
Pure's Caskeid enabled Jongo speaker family, shipping in the UK, USA and other markets, demonstrates the capabilities of the technology. The Caskeid-enabled Jongo range includes the compact Jongo T2, mid-range Jongo T4 and powerful Jongo T6 wireless stereo speakers; the Jongo A2 wireless hi-fi adapter and the Jongo S3 portable wireless speaker. To learn more, visit http://www.pure.com/wireless/jongo-multiroom-speakers/.
*any product featuring Caskeid is capable of working perfectly with any other Caskeid compatible product
**Caskeid also works over Ethernet
***the human ear finds it hard to discriminate between sounds with less than 50µS delay between them; Caskeid works well below that figure, making it indistinguishable from a wired system
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies - a global leader in multimedia, processor, communication and cloud technologies - creates and licenses market-leading processor solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU and embedded processing, multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP and VoLTE and cloud connectivity. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio of software, tools and ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, connected home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics, networking, telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors. Imagination's licensees include many of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate headquarters are located in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.