Imagination and Packetcraft partner to deliver low energy audio

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Imagination Technologies and Packetcraft have partnered to create a complete Bluetooth Low Energy audio solution using the Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3).

By combining Imagination’s iEB110 hardware with Packetcraft’s host stack, its been possible to create a solution for applications such as broadcast audio, high quality multi-stream audio and hearing aid support.

Imagination and Packetcraft have created a complete solution that can be integrated into a system on chip (SoC). Using this integrated hardware and software solution, customers will benefit from reduced development time and be able to accelerate time to market.

The newly announced LC3 codec brings improved levels of performance when compared to Sub-Band Codec (SBC), which is used in Bluetooth Classic. LC3 is able to deliver better quality audio than SBC at only half the data rate, enabling it to bring substantial reductions in power consumption without compromising the audio quality.

Gerry Conlon, Executive Vice President, Ensigma, Imagination, says; “By combining Imagination’s Baseband Controller and RF with Packetcraft’s host stack and advanced solution for LE Audio, customers can license and rapidly design state-of-the-art Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2 SoC’s, enabling the shortest time to first revenue available on the market today.”

John Yi, CEO, Packetcraft, added, “Together we are able to bring a world-class hardware and software offering to the market. Our Bluetooth version 5.2 qualified host stack has already been licensed to multiple customers developing LE Audio products. This partnership provides customers with a solid foundation for their technical needs and offers an incredibly flexible solution for the next generation of Bluetooth audio.”

The Bluetooth v5.2 specification has brought major innovation by supporting high quality audio over Bluetooth Low Energy for a range of new use cases.

The iEB110 is a complete Bluetooth Low Energy v5.2 solution, including RF, controller software and Bluetooth Low Energy host stack. It supports advanced Bluetooth 5.1 features such as Angle of Arrival/Angle of Departure (AoA / AoD) allowing sub 1m location and tracking accuracy, Bluetooth v5.0 features such as LE long-range operation for extended indoor and outdoor coverage, and LE-2M PHY for higher throughput and reduced power consumption.