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WiSA Releases Industry’s First Compliance Test Specification for Interoperability Between Wireless Speakers & Electronics

by August 28, 2012
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The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA™) Association today announced the release of the industry’s first Compliance Test Specification (CTS) for interoperability testing of the wireless link between WiSA-compliant speakers and home theater/consumer electronics devices such as DTVs, set-top-boxes, Blu-ray Disc™ players, and game consoles.  Consumers will be able to outfit their home entertainment system with WiSA-certified speakers that scale from 2.0 stereo to 7.4 surround sound and components from any WiSA-compliant manufacturer, with the assurance that the devices will interoperate with each other and provide the highest standard in wireless HD audio. 

The CTS version 1.0 is available for download to WiSA members at http://www.wisaassociation.org/.

The CTS specifies all the required interoperability and certification testing aimed at products that offer interference-free, uncompressed HD audio by taking advantage of the unique 5GHz Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) frequency band and avoiding the congested 2.4GHz Wi-Fi frequency spectrum.  Products passing the wireless compliance and interoperability testing will be certified to display the WiSA logo.

Manufacturers who achieve WiSA compliance will have the advantage of setting a new standard for audio quality and be the first to market with an interference-free, HD wireless surround sound audio system, signaling to consumers that their products are reliable, flexible and interoperate with other WiSA-compliant components and CE devices.

“There is an inflection point in the home theater market where having a robust wireless audio technology can address the inadequate audio quality in today’s ultra-thin DTVs,” said Jim Venable, president of the WiSA Association.  “Consumers can be confident that products bearing the WiSA logo will deliver a cinema-level audio experience that matches the extraordinary video available on today’s displays.”

The WiSA Association is dedicated to the delivery of high-definition audio content in the home theater environment.  Opportunities to participate in the Association exist for Members and Associate Members.  Companies and organizations interested in joining the group are welcome to contact the Association.  The application to join and information about membership fees can be found at http://www.wisaassociation.org/..

WiSA Association at CEDIA Expo – Indianapolis, September 5-8, 2012

The WiSA Association will be an exhibitor in sound room 6 at the CEDIA Expo, providing product demonstrations of member companies’ 7.1 surround sound solutions which are based on the WiSA Compliance Test Specification (CTS). 

If you are with the media and would like to schedule a demonstration at CEDIA Expo, please contact Linda Ferguson at [email protected]

If you are a manufacturer and would like to learn more or receive a presentation and demo, please contact Stacey Lee Messam at [email protected].

About the WiSA Association

Established in 2011 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA) Association is an industry group dedicated to bringing reliable, high- performance interoperable wireless audio products to the consumer.  The Association is responsible for developing specifications and performing testing and interoperability certification of WiSA-certified products, Association administrative management, and outbound marketing campaigns to promote the broad adoption of WiSA interoperability. WiSA, LLC, the agent for the WiSA Association, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG).  For more information about the WiSA Association, visit www.wisaassociation.org.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, statements regarding WiSA’s certification and testing program, the features, functionality and benefits of WiSA technology and WiSA-certified products and the market potential and demand for and growth in the adoption of WiSA-certified products.  These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in Silicon Image’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements.  Silicon Image assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

WiSA and the WiSA logo are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of WiSA, LLC in the United States and/or other countries.  All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.


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