A multizone audio technology and a mobile app for use in whole-home-audio and multi-room applications based on the JukeBlox 4 platform have been introduced by Microchip Technology. The JB Multizone 2.0 enables synchronised and highly robust audio streaming to multiple speakers in conjunction with the JB App, a turnkey mobile app that enables easy setup and operation of the wireless speaker.
The JB Multizone 2.0 utilises advanced technology to reduce audio drops found in traditional WiFi streaming applications. WiFi direct eliminates the need for each speaker in a zone to connect with the access point, thereby eliminating common problems associated with overloading access points. Bypassing the access point also reduces the RF bandwidth consumed by half resulting in increased streaming quality and/or the ability to add more speakers in a zone. The addition of WiFi Multimedia (WMM) to WiFi Direct reduces source to zone speaker latency and packet loss resulting in tightly synchronised audio playback with minimal audio drops.
The JB App is a complete mobile app that enables OEMs to quickly deploy a complete whole-home-audio solution without having to manage an app development project. OEMs can choose between source code for custom app development or simply rebrand the app for release to consumers. Consumers use the app to create and modify zones, select audio sources and easily connect the speaker to the local WiFi network. The JB App source code is available at no charge and supports both iOS and Android platforms.