Semiconductors and Components

Microchip Unveils JukeBlox 4

11 December 2014

Microchip Technology Inc. has released the fourth generation of its audio products platform, JukeBlox, to enable next-generation high-quality listening devices.

The JukeBlox 4 software development kit (SDK) in combination with Microchip’s CY920 network media module includes a dual band Wi-Fi technology, MultiZone/multi-room features, AirPlay and DLNA connectivity. This allows developers to build next-generation audio products such as a standalone or multi-room wireless speakers, AV receivers, mini and micro systems and sound bars.

According to Microchip, the goal of the JukeBlox 4 is designed to enhance the consumer listening experience but also to lower the bill of materials (BOM) and enable competitively priced consumer products.

The DM920 Wi-Fi network media processor includes an integrated dual 300 MHz digital signal processor (DSP) cores and integrates 2.4 GHz and 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, high-speed USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity.

Microchip said the JukeBlox 4 allows for developers to build audio products that directly stream cloud-based music such as Spotify Connect, Qobuz, Rhapsody, Deezer and others while using mobile devices as remote controls via the Wi-Fi network. This means users can change locations in either the home or other Wi-Fi locations without interrupting music playback.

JukeBlox 4 is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Mac and features a range of audio codecs and features for network set-up, the company said. JukeBlox 4 is available now.

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