BridgeCo’s JukeBlox Networked Audio Technology Will Power New Klipsch Designs
Leading Audio Innovator Designing New BridgeCo Processor and Software into Future Product Offerings
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BridgeCo Inc. (www.bridgeco.com)—a leading provider of audio networking solutions—announced that Klipsch Audio Technologies (www.klipsch.com)—a leading global manufacturer of premium sound solutions—is developing home audio products using BridgeCo’s new JukeBlox™ Networked Audio technology.
“We were founded on a deep-rooted love of music 60 years ago; and to this day, Klipsch remains passionate about great sound”
Revealed at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, JukeBlox is a complete networked audio technology platform that incorporates BridgeCo’s latest triple-core processor, Linux-based SDK, ready-to-manufacture hardware reference platform and a significantly enhanced feature set that enables consumers to intuitively access an unequaled range of digital music and Internet radio content to discover music that they truly love.
Klipsch will use BridgeCo’s JukeBlox technology to connect its consumer audio systems to home networks and the Internet in upcoming product designs.
“We were founded on a deep-rooted love of music 60 years ago; and to this day, Klipsch remains passionate about great sound,” said Mike Klipsch, president of Klipsch. “BridgeCo’s new JukeBlox technology platform will allow us to build upon our tried-and-true, no-compromise design philosophies and re-define the music experience for our customers.”
Klipsch, the number one speaker brand in the United States, has an audio product for every lifestyle, application and budget. From home theater systems to architectural speakers and from iPod® solutions to headphones, Klipsch continues to evolve to meet consumer listening preferences. In addition, many of the world’s largest cinema chains choose Klipsch. In fact, 50 percent of all new theaters in North and South America, as well as Korea and Australasia install Klipsch products.
“We are very excited to have Klipsch as a partner in creating the next wave of consumer audio products,” said BridgeCo CEO Gene Sheridan. “We provided Klipsch with early access to our new JukeBlox Networked Audio technology, and we are delighted with the unique and innovative capabilities that Klipsch is integrating to create compelling new home audio products for the consumer.”
JukeBlox Networked Audio Processor and Firmware Technology
JukeBlox is a complete technology platform that includes BridgeCo’s next-generation networked media processor combined with the industry’s first Linux-based middleware and SDK for networked audio products. The unique application-optimized processor incorporates a 240MHz ARM9, a dedicated security processor, a powerful new proprietary Audio Engine that can handle complex audio signal processing tasks, and integrated Wi-Fi baseband and MAC functions to reduce system cost and complexity.
The comprehensive middleware stack provides an industry leading feature set, and is combined with a modular Linux SDK for easy OEM development and customization. The unique JukeBlox platform incorporates all of the needed functionality to create a complete networked home audio product. In addition, the processor and firmware combination is delivered to the OEM on a ready-to-manufacture hardware reference platform that can significantly reduce development time, effort and risk while speeding time-to-market.
The JukeBlox platform offers a broad range of functionality, including: Internet and network access through integrated Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g and USB ports; real-time decoding of MP3, M3U, PLS, WMA-9, WMA Lossless, AAC and many other digital audio file formats; acoustic tuning, optimization and audio enhancement processing; real-time decryption of Microsoft Windows Media DRM for Network Devices copy protection and many other robust DRM and authentication protocols; and an intuitive icon-driven GUI that supports color QVGA screen resolution. The JukeBlox platform is UPnP and DLNA compliant, and EMC and Wi-Fi® certifiable.
Established in 1946, Klipsch—a wholly owned division of Klipsch Group, Inc.—is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers and other audio products for the consumer and professional markets. Through proprietary horn-loaded technology, Klipsch is committed to developing loudspeakers that create the most engaging, emotional, and dynamic entertainment experiences. A family tradition, chairman and CEO Fred S. Klipsch and his wife Judy purchased the company from founder and cousin Paul W. Klipsch in 1989. Based in Indianapolis, Ind., the company’s headquarters is home to one of the most advanced professional audio research facilities in the world. For more information, visit klipsch.com.
BridgeCo, a consumer networking pioneer, offers the world’s most comprehensive, cost-effective and highly integrated processor and software platforms for connecting Internet media sources, computers and consumer electronics throughout the home. BridgeCo platforms are used in a wide range of innovative products produced by the multi-billion dollar global consumer electronics industry, including digital media players, AVRs, audio systems, Internet radios, musical instruments and breakout boxes. Its silicon and software platforms were among the first anywhere to be DLNA™ Certified. Leading consumer electronics manufacturers worldwide use the company’s solutions.
Using BridgeCo’s processor and bundled software, OEMs can offer stand-alone media network products, or embed networking capabilities directly into consumer products, at competitive retail price points. The company also offers market-leading solutions for FireWire™ audio interface systems used by musicians and other content creators.
BridgeCo is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company with operations in Los Angeles, California and Zurich, Switzerland. Its key investors include Advent Venture Partners, Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital Europe), Cipio Partners, Earlybird Venture Capital, ETV Capital, Fidelity Ventures, Intel Capital and Wellington Partners.
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