Summit Semiconductor Introduces the First 96K WiSA Compliant RF Modules for Quality Wireless Home Theater Applications

Demonstrations at International CES 2013, Las Vegas, Venetian Towers, suite 30-217

Portland, OR, December 19, 2012 - Summit Semiconductor a leader in advanced wireless audio technologies and an advisory board member of the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA™) Association, will showcase the industry's first all wireless 7.1 home theater solution that transmits eight (8) separate audio channels at 96kHz sample rate and 24 bits per sample.  The 7.1 home theater solution was developed using new wireless transmitter and receiver modules incorporating Summit's latest chip technology.

The new transmitter and receiver modules are compliant with the current version of the WiSA Compliance Test Specification (CTS).  The CTS outlines an interoperability testing and certification program aimed at products that offer wireless, interference-free, uncompressed HD audio by taking advantage of the unique 5GHz Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) frequency band. 

The modules are architected to ensure interoperability between WiSA-enabled components that decode high definition audio (i.e. Blu-ray Disc™ players, A/V receivers, set top boxes, game consoles and TVs) and speakers from popular brands. Summit's modules exceed the requirements for system performance such as volume tracking, audio latency, network setup, audio channel assignment, and scalability. 

"Consumers are demanding high quality home theater audio that is easy to set up and complements today's high definition televisions. A recent survey from CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) indicated that over 28% of TV viewers would be willing to pay $200 or more for a better audio experience," said Tony Parker, vice president of marketing, Summit Semiconductor.  "Summit's 96kHz pre-certified modules will enable the next generation WiSA compliant systems to satisfy this demand while greatly simplifying home theater setup and preserving consumer choice."

Summit will be an exhibitor at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV, January 8-11, 2013, in suite 30-217, providing product demonstrations of the new soundbar, audio hub and amplifier reference designs for wireless home theater. If you are with the media and would like to schedule a demonstration, please contact Tony Parker at tparker@summitsemi.com.  If you are a manufacturer and would like to learn more about Summit Wireless technology or receive a presentation and demo, please contact Mark Zadeh at mzadeh@summitsemi.com.

About Summit Semiconductor, LLC:

Summit Semiconductor, LLC, has over a decade of fabless semiconductor chip design and wireless system integration experience targeting the home entertainment markets. Its award-winning Summit Wireless™ technology is the leading integrated circuit solution enabling home audio systems to distribute high-definition, distortion-free audio with ease. Summit Wireless is designed to be integrated into home theater speakers, sound bars, audio/video receivers, digital televisions,  Blu-ray and DVD players, MP3 players, set-top boxes, and gaming systems. Summit Semiconductor is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR, USA, with offices in San Jose, CA, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information on Summit Semiconductor, please visit www.summitsemi.com

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