SDK enables HD audio streaming over WiFi networks

6th January 2014
Nat Bowers

Expanding the company's WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) portfolio, Broadcom has introduced an SDK to enable HD audio streaming over WiFi networks. It also features support for Apple AirPlay, enabling media streaming from iOS devices.

Broadcom's WICED Audio SDK delivers audio content directly to speakers from any device connected to the Wi-Fi network, without requiring a docking station or cable. Using the Digital Living Network Alliance standard or an advanced streaming application for Android, home media devices can seamlessly connect to products like smart TVs, portable speakers, media players, set-top boxes, sound bars and more.

Additionally, the SDK also features: support for 16- and 24-bit audio samples; support for multiple audio sample rates, including 44.1, 48 and 96KHz; support for widely used audio codecs such as WavPack and Celt; synchronization algorithms that use timing information from WiFi packets; and enhanced range and low latency to eliminate glitches for flawless reception.

WICED Audio also improves synchronization and offers significant range benefits that enable multiple configurations with multiple speakers on the same Wi-Fi network, delivering multi-room, multi-zone coverage for playing a variety of audio content in different areas of the home. Broadcom's WICED platform eases development and simplifies implementation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity in an array of consumer devices, particularly in products without sophisticated user interfaces or existing networking capabilities.

"Broadcom's new SDK expands opportunities in the growing wireless audio and entertainment market. With proven expertise in embedded high-performance Wi-Fi and a strong base of entertainment access and smartphone customers, the simplified integration of Broadcom's WICED Audio SDK will help drive adoption of Wi-Fi audio in the home," commented Brian Bedrosian, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos, Broadcom.

Enabling fast time to market and simplified system integration, the Broadcom WICED Audio SDK is now sampling with reference modules and an SDK.

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