Press release

05 June 2014

Caskeid delivers multiroom audio from any music app

Imagination announces ‘Bluetooth Caskeid’

London, UK – 5th June – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces ‘Bluetooth Caskeid’, an enhanced version of its wireless multiroom audio streaming technology that delivers any audio app content to multiple Caskeid-enabled speakers through a unique combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Users 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.

Caskeid is a family of technologies developed by Imagination to deliver efficient and accurate wireless multiroom audio. Specifically, Caskeid technologies address accurate and advanced synchronization (for the best sounding audio), effective low latency (for instant response across the system) 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.

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 today 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 25µs synchronisation accuracy, providing a true ‘Wi-Fi Hi-Fi’ experience that is good enough to replace wires, satisfying even the most demanding audiophile.

Says Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination: “Caskeid has already proven itself as the most accurate and advanced audio synchronisation technology available to consumers and we are seeing strong interest from our partners and licensees as a result. Bluetooth Caskeid brings this superior audio synchronisation 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.”

For more information, and to hear what the industry thinks of Caskeid, please visit www.caskeid.com. For a related announcement from Pure please visit this link.

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people throughout the world. The company’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key multimedia, communications and general purpose processors needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer, automotive, enterprise, infrastructure, IoT and embedded electronics. These are complemented by its unique software and cloud IP and system solution focus, enabling its licensees and partners get to market quickly by creating and leveraging highly differentiated SoC platforms. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the world’s most iconic and disruptive products. See: www.imgtec.com.

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