Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the first and only Wi-Fi ® audio connectivity platform—featuring the new JukeBlox® 3.2 platform and software development kit—to support all of the major mobile and PC operating systems along with the DLNA ® standard. This includes seamless support for iOS/AirPlay ®, Android™, Windows ® 8 (mobile and PC), and Mac ® in one solution. JukeBlox 3.2 operates on all of Microchip’s existing JukeBlox network media processors and modules, and further adds JB Cloud, which enables a compelling new consumer experience by directly streaming cloud-based music services while using mobile devices as remote controls. This eliminates the need for mobile devices to act as servers, where they consume power and must stop the music to take phone calls or support other personal audio functions, freeing them up to be what they were intended to be—personal communication and Internet devices. Additionally, the SDK has expanded whole-home audio functionality via JB MultiZone 2.0, enabling more robust and extensive simultaneous synchronized audio streaming and control to multiple JB-enabled devices in the home.
Because Microchip’s JukeBlox Platform is the first wireless audio connectivity platform to provide compatibility with all of the major operating systems and audio-interoperability standards in a comprehensive SDK, it is the best and only complete solution for developers. This platform includes SoCs and modules for Wi-Fi networking and media processing, an application software layer for mobile devices and control interfaces, peripheral interfaces and control, and GUI options. And, it is cost effective enough to enable consumer products that retail for as low as $129.
The new JB Cloud software offers product developers and Internet music service providers a compelling new use case and architecture for enabling direct cloud music service streaming with mobile device control—all managed from the native music service app. This dramatically improves the consumer’s in-home experience, enables many more product companies to provide support for the music services, and significantly reduces the support and maintenance for both product companies and service providers, as user control is managed from the service provider’s native app.