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Bluetooth SIG Unveils LE Audio, the Next Generation of Bluetooth Audio

January 7, 2020 GMT
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Bluetooth SIG Unveils LE Audio, the Next Generation of Bluetooth Audio
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Bluetooth SIG Unveils LE Audio, the Next Generation of Bluetooth Audio

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 6, 2020--

Twenty years ago, Bluetooth® cut the audio cord and created the wireless audio market. Today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the upcoming release of LE Audio, the next generation of Bluetooth audio. Not only will LE Audio enhance Bluetooth audio performance, it will add support for hearing aids and enable Audio Sharing, an entirely new use case that is poised to once again transform the way we experience audio and connect with the world around us.

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LE Audio will also add Broadcast Audio, enabling an audio source device to broadcast one or more audio streams to an unlimited number of audio sink devices. Broadcast Audio opens significant new opportunities for innovation, including the enablement of a new Bluetooth use case, Audio Sharing. (Photo: Business Wire)

“With close to one billion Bluetooth audio products shipped last year, wireless audio is the largest Bluetooth market,” said Mark Powell, CEO of the Bluetooth SIG. “The launch of LE Audio is a prime example of how the Bluetooth community is driving technology and product innovation and enabling delivery of even better and more capable Bluetooth audio products.”

Bluetooth audio will soon support two operation modes. LE Audio will operate on the Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio while Classic Audio operates on the Bluetooth Classic radio (BR/EDR). LE Audio will support development of the same audio products and use cases as Classic Audio, while introducing new features to improve their performance as well as enable new ones.

Availability and More Information

The Bluetooth specifications that define LE Audio are expected to be released throughout the first half of 2020. For information on LE Audio, visit: https://www.bluetooth.com/leaudio.

About the Bluetooth SIG

Formed in 1998, the Bluetooth SIG is the not-for-profit trade association that oversees Bluetooth® technology. In support of more than 35,000 member companies, the Bluetooth SIG facilitates the collaboration of its members to create new and enhanced specifications that expand the technology, drives global interoperability via a world-class product qualification program, and grows the brand by increasing the awareness, understanding, and adoption of Bluetooth technology.

About Bluetooth Technology

With close to 4 billion products shipping per year, Bluetooth technology is the global standard for simple, secure wireless connections. Since its formation in 1998, the Bluetooth community has continued to expand the capabilities of Bluetooth — powering innovation, creating new markets, and redefining communication worldwide. Today, Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice for developers in many solution areas, including audio streaming, data transfer, location services, and large-scale device networks.

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CONTACT: Americas

Candice Eng

INK Communications Co.

bluetooth@ink-co.comEurope, Middle East, Africa

Octopus Group

BluetoothSIG@octopusgrp.comAsia-Pacific

CHINA

Archetype

bluetooth@archetype.coJAPAN

Next PR

Bluetooth@next-pr.co.jpKOREA

Strategic Marketing and Communications, Inc.

bluetooth@oksmc.co.krTAIWAN

Apex Communications Consultants

bluetooth@apexpr.com.tw

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEVADA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS AUDIO/VIDEO TELECOMMUNICATIONS MOBILE/WIRELESS

SOURCE: Bluetooth SIG

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