Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association Continues to Expand

June 18 2018, 02:00
Infineon is the latest company to join the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, the industry group dedicated to bringing high resolution, wireless, multi-channel audio products to the home theater market, assuring interoperability between wireless speakers and components. Infineon joins a strong and extensive list of members, including also GoldenEar, Electrocompaniet, Almando and Primare, as WiSA continues to expand with major audio industry suppliers, manufacturers and speaker brands. 
 

As a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener, and who recently acquired Class-D audio amplifier sensation Merus Audio, the membership represents Infineon’s indisputable commitment to the continued support of designing WiSA-certified speakers.
 
“Infineon Technologies is an excellent addition given their diverse audio experience and product development capabilities across varying product types,” says Tony Ostrom, president of WiSA. “As our membership continues to grow with companies worldwide, so does the potential for consumers to create the perfect wireless home theater experience by selecting the products and brands that are right for them, their goals and environment.”
 
Infineon is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. By combining entrepreneurial success with its world-wide presence, Infineon leverages semiconductors to increase the performance of modern technology and enable solutions that shape lives today and tomorrow. In addition, Infineon plays an essential role in efficient uses of energy, environmentally-friendly mobility and security in a connected world to solve the more critical challenges faced by today’s society in a wide range of industries, including automation, automotive and audio.
 
A Merus Audio Eximio switching amplifier evaluation board is seen here attached to a Summit Audio WiSA transmitter solution.
Most recently, Infineon acquired Merus Audio, a Copenhagen startup that creates integrated, energy-efficient audio amplifier solutions. By integrating Merus Audio, Infineon offers customers a comprehensive and leading-edge Class-D audio amplifier portfolio that addresses the most demanding applications. In addition, Merus Audio’s innovative audio amplifier technology complements Infineon’s existing sensor and audio processing expertise. 
 
Now, as a WiSA member, Infineon will able to partner with other tech suppliers and make it easier for brands worldwide to integrate WiSA-certified technology. This will help bring higher quality home audio products to market that allow for the content of a multitude of sources to be enjoyed through WiSA-certified systems.
 
“This membership presents Infineon’s indisputable commitment to the continued support of designing WiSA-certified speakers,” says Jens Tybo Jensen, Head of Marketing and Application Engineering for Class D Audio at Infineon Technologies AG. “With our Merus Audio product line of highly energy-efficient multi-level amplifiers alongside our already existing home audio business, Infineon possesses the opportunity to dramatically unleash new possibilities for WiSA members with the added benefits for end users worldwide.” 
 
Tony Ostrom, president of WiSA
WiSA 2018 Expansion
The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association also recently announced GoldenEar, Electrocompaniet, Almando and Primare as its newest members. Joining the strong and growing list of WiSA members that already includes LG, HARMAN International, VOXX International, Klipsch, Xbox, Axiim, Enclave and more, these companies represent varying segments of the home theater industry and have WiSA-certified products planned for launch in 2018.

U.S. loudspeaker manufacturer GoldenEar is renowned in the industry for its high-fidelity products, including the award-winning Triton Series speakers. While at CES in January, the company debuted a prototype of its DigitalAktiv 3 (DA 3), the brand’s first wireless, powered bookshelf speaker, which can be used on its own or paired wirelessly with another DA 3 via WiSA technology. While WiSA ensures high fidelity audio is received, GoldenEar’s engineering and development teams will be critical in delivering premium, WiSA-certified speakers to the marketplace.

Norway’s oldest and largest manufacturer of high-fidelity products, Electrocompaniet develops powered, high-performance components and speakers. Their membership strengthens WiSA’s identity as a wireless audio solution for premium brands while the Association’s technology ensures Electrocompaniet will have a reliable, high-definition connection between transmitters and receivers.

Germany’s Almando manufactures audio transmitters that allow for the interaction of different devices, such as smartphones and tablets, with stereo systems. Almando strengthens the WiSA Association with their ability to bring quality wireless home audio transmitters to market that allow for the content of a multitude of sources to be enjoyed through WiSA- certified systems.

Sweden-based Primare designs and produces hi-fi amplifiers that bring the Scandinavian attributes of honest integrity and timeless design to a global audience. As WiSA continues to grow its speaker brand roster, Primare’s membership represents a well-established audio brand committed to developing products that provide effortless, high performance, wireless connections to WiSA-certified speakers.

“Our newest members bring decades of audio experience and product development capabilities across varying product types,” says Tony Ostrom, president of WiSA. “We’re excited for them to join the wireless home theater movement and commit their expertise to the Association’s mission and related marketplace impact in wireless home theater.”

WiSA’s innovative technology improves the home theater experience by standardizing and promoting quality wireless audio while assuring interoperability between wireless speakers and components. It enables wireless and multi-channel transmission of low-latency, high-definition audio, making it ideal for home theater systems and eliminating the complicated set up of traditional wired systems.

The WiSA Association consists of more than 30 member brands, including the world’s top manufacturers and resellers of audio products, who remain devoted to developing and promoting the adoption of WiSA-certified products worldwide. Together, WiSA and its members deliver unmatched performance and ease of use in the home theater industry.
www.wisaassociation.org
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