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Summit Semiconductor

September 01, 2011 08:00 ET

Consumers Benefit From Entry Level Home Theater Products Enabled With Summit Wireless Technology

Award-Winning Summit Wireless Home Theater Technology Now Addresses Mass Market With New Lower Cost Speaker Module and Amplifier Design, Technology Demonstrations at CEDIA Expo 2011

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - Sep 1, 2011) - Summit Semiconductor, a leader in wireless audio home theater technologies, announced today the availability of a lower cost speaker module design and companion amplifier targeting entry level home theater systems with its Summit Wireless™ technology. Summit Wireless technology is an award-winning integrated circuit solution for home theater products including speakers, Blu-ray players, digital TVs, sound bars, audio/video receivers and gaming consoles that offers superior interference-free wireless surround sound with ease of setup and automatic audio calibration anywhere within a room. The new speaker module design represents a 53% reduction in size over the current implementation, and still retains the robust high definition link performance with built-in four antenna diversity allowing placement of a speaker anywhere in a room without signal loss or interruption. Summit Wireless technology demonstrations will be available in sound room 9, CEDIA Expo, Indianapolis, IN, September 8 - 10, 2011.

To further reduce system cost, Summit designed a companion amplifier/power supply reference design based on Texas Instrument's popular TAS5727 digital amplifier. The new amplifier attaches directly to the speaker module resulting in a compact design that reduces the number of components and engineering time for the development of a powered speaker. The new module and amplifier design addresses speaker and consumer electronics companies' desire to incorporate the technology across their product portfolio including entry level products such as sound bars and small speakers.

"Summit Wireless technology is the only wireless audio solution on the market that can deliver the breath of performance at the high end of the home theater market with uncompressed 24-bit audio up to 8 channels, while also scaling nicely to entry level system price points for consumers who are more cost conscious but still appreciate the hi-definition audio and ease of set up value proposition," said Tony Parker, vice president of marketing, Summit Semiconductor. "With the introduction of our new lower cost speaker module and companion amplifier reference design speaker companies will be able to introduce Summit Wireless solutions to the mass market faster than ever."

Summit Wireless' SpeakerFinder™ technology eliminates setup complexity with automatic speaker location discovery and channel assignment (left, right, surround, ...) on power up. Home theater calibration for a specific sweet spot location is a complex, time consuming process, but Summit's MyZone™ technology enables the consumer to program the sweet spot to a specific location with the press of a single button.

Technology Overview:

  • High Quality Audio
    Uncompressed, no compromise 24-bit 48/96Ksps surround sound audio
  • Scalable from Stereo to 7.1 Surround Sound
    Add Summit enabled speakers and components at any time
  • Easy Setup
    No wires, no technicians
  • SpeakerFinder
    Automatic mapping of each speaker
  • MyZone
    Instant sweet spot calibration time aligned to the listener's position
  • Robust Wireless Network
    Robust interference resistant wireless network between the master and up to eight speakers, with low fixed latency of 5ms

CEDIA Expo is the premier event for speaker companies, consumer electronics companies and home theater custom installers to learn about what's new and how they can better serve their customers. According to BuildFax construction permits pulled for existing homes was up 23% in June for the 20th month in a row and custom installers addressing the retro fit market now have the ability to offer Summit Wireless in situations where pulling wires and drilling holes is not an option.

If you are with the media and would like to schedule a demonstration and briefing meeting at CEDIA, please contact Linda Ferguson, PR Counsel, at 503-869-5827 or If you are a manufacturer, please contact Mark Zadeh, vice president of sales, Summit Semiconductor at

About Summit Semiconductor, LLC:

Summit Semiconductor, LLC, is a successful spin-off of Focus Enhancements with over a decade of fabless semiconductor chip design and wireless system integration experience targeting the home entertainment markets. Its award-winning Summit Wireless™ technology is the leading integrated circuit solution enabling home audio systems to distribute high-definition, distortion-free audio with ease. Summit Wireless is designed to be integrated into home theater speakers, sound bars, audio/video receivers, digital television, DVD players, MP3 players, set-top boxes, and gaming systems. Summit Semiconductor is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR, USA, with offices in San Jose, CA, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. For more information on Summit Semiconductor, please visit

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