Residential Systems: 'Connectivity' was My CES Game Changer

residentialSystemsLogo.jpgSummit Semiconductor is a company that embraces the untethered approach to integration of home entertainment technologies, such as speakers and DTVs. I first met with Summit at CEDIA EXPO 2009, where I listened to wireless speakers from licensee Aperion, an internet-direct speaker company. At last week's CES I experienced that brand's new "My Zone" feature, which essentially integrates into a remote control so that when one button is pushed the audio coming out of the company's very small surround processor re-calibrates the sweet spot of the room to the spot where the remote control holder is sitting. But Summit Semiconductor is also forming partnerships with other manufacturers to provide products that would be FCC certified for the UNII (Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure) wireless band to avoid interface with cordless phones and Bluetooth devices. Near-future products from other Summit-licensed manufacturers may include wireless 7.1 speaker packages below $1,000, wireless surround bars, wireless subwoofers, and DTVs with built-in wireless surround connectivity capabilities. 

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