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Imagination and Packetcraft partner over low-energy audio solutions


Imagination Technologies and Packetcraft have partnered to deliver a complete Bluetooth Low Energy audio solution using the new Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3). Combining Imagination’s iEB110 hardware and Packetcraft’s host stack, the solution is designed for applications such as broadcast audio, high-quality multi-stream audio and hearing aid support.

Imagination and Packetcraft have created a complete solution that can be easily integrated into a system on chip (SoC). Using this integrated hardware and software solution, customers can gain significant benefits through reduced development time and ultimately, time to market.

The newly-announced LC3 codec brings superior performance compared to Sub-Band Codec (SBC), which is used in Bluetooth Classic. LC3 delivers better quality audio than SBC at only half the data rate, enabling it to bring substantial reductions in power consumption without compromising on the audio quality.

The Bluetooth v5.2 specification has brought major innovation by supporting high quality audio over Bluetooth Low Energy for a range of new applications.

Imagination’s iEB110
The iEB110 is a complete Bluetooth Low Energy v5.2 solution, including RF, controller software and Bluetooth Low Energy host stack. It supports advanced Bluetooth 5.1 features such as Angle of Arrival/Angle of Departure (AoA / AoD) allowing sub 1m location and tracking accuracy, Bluetooth v5.0 features such as LE long-range operation for extended indoor and outdoor coverage, and LE-2M PHY for higher throughput and reduced power consumption. With industry leading RF performance, iEB110 delivers robust connectivity while extending the system battery life.

Packetcraft’s Host Stack
Packetcraft’s Bluetooth 5.2 qualified host stack is the premier embedded software solution for Bluetooth low energy. It is designed to be efficient in memory, CPU, and power, and for portability to different CPUs, radios, and operating systems. Packetcraft’s host stack supporting LE Audio is available today to its enterprise customers.

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