Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today
announced the first and only Wi-Fi® audio connectivity
platform—featuring the new JukeBlox®
3.2 platform and software development kit—to support all of the
major mobile and PC operating systems along with the DLNA®
standard. This includes seamless support for iOS/AirPlay®,
Android™, Windows® 8 (mobile and PC), and Mac® in
one solution. JukeBlox 3.2 operates on all of Microchip’s existing JukeBlox
network media processors and modules, and further adds JB Cloud,
which enables a compelling new consumer experience by directly streaming
cloud-based music services while using mobile devices as remote
controls. This eliminates the need for mobile devices to act as servers,
where they consume power and must stop the music to take phone calls or
support other personal audio functions, freeing them up to be what they
were intended to be—personal communication and Internet devices.
Additionally, the SDK has expanded whole-home audio functionality via JB
MultiZone 2.0, enabling more robust and extensive simultaneous
synchronized audio streaming and control to multiple JB-enabled devices
in the home.
Because Microchip’s JukeBlox
Platform is the first wireless audio connectivity platform to
provide compatibility with all of the major operating systems and
audio-interoperability standards in a comprehensive SDK, it is the best
and only complete solution for developers. This platform includes SoCs
and modules for Wi-Fi networking and media processing, an application
software layer for mobile devices and control interfaces, peripheral
interfaces and control, and GUI options. And, it is cost effective
enough to enable consumer products that retail for as low as $129.
The new JB Cloud software offers product developers and Internet music
service providers a compelling new use case and architecture for
enabling direct cloud music service streaming with mobile device
control—all managed from the native music service app. This dramatically
improves the consumer’s in-home experience, enables many more product
companies to provide support for the music services, and significantly
reduces the support and maintenance for both product companies and
service providers, as user control is managed from the service
provider’s native app.
The JukeBlox Platform’s expanded MultiZone 2.0 capability supports all
the core technologies needed for compelling whole-home audio
applications, including the discovery, pairing, group management,
control, streaming and synchronization of any audio input source to
multiple JB-enabled devices throughout the home. This high-value feature
enables the next generation of interoperability between devices, and
potentially across brands, helping consumers realize the full potential
of their networked audio products.
“Networked audio is the future of home electronics, and JukeBlox 3.2 is
enabling that future, today,” said Gene Sheridan, senior vice president
and general manager of SMSC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip
Technology Inc. “For the first time ever, one wireless audio platform is
compatible with iOS, Android and Windows, while enabling a whole-home
audio experience with seamless integration of cloud-based music
Pricing & Availability
The JukeBlox 3.2 SDK, paired with any JukeBlox network media processor
or module, is available today for sampling and volume production.
Pricing starts at $12.00 each for Microchip’s DM870A Wi-Fi network media
processor chipset, combined with the JB3.2 software, in quantities of
25,000 units per year. For more information on Microchip’s JukeBlox
technology, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized
worldwide distributor, or visit http://www.microchip.com/get/KLB2.
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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing
low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to
market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding
technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more
information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/WND7.
Note: The Microchip name and logo, and JukeBlox are registered
trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other
countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property
of their respective companies.
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