CEVA, Tempow team to bring next-gen True Wireless Stereo to earbuds

CEVA, Tempow team to bring next-gen True Wireless Stereo to earbuds

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Signal processing IP company CEVA (Mountain View, CA) and Bluetooth software research and design company Tempow (Paris, France) have announced that they are partnering on a low-power, low-latency True Wireless Stereo (TWS) technology for Bluetooth earbuds.
By Rich Pell

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The collaboration is designed to bring next-generation True Wireless Stereo (TWS) to the Bluetooth earbud mass market. The resulting joint IP solution, say the companies, delivers synchronized left/right audio over standard Bluetooth dual-mode connected links with short latency and without the power consumption penalty associated with many of today’s TWS implementations.

The solution is designed to address challenges presented by the advent of wireless earbuds with audio streaming via A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) – a proven strength of Bluetooth. Unlike with traditional Bluetooth stereo headphones, where the headphones are seen as a single end-point, the left/right sink points of earbuds are now physically separated and the Bluetooth A2DP paradigm is challenged to stream audio with the necessary degree of synchronization.

Previous solutions aimed at addressing this – such as audio-forwarding and eavesdropping – can result in significant battery drain. The new, optimized approach, say the companies, eliminates the need for the inter-earbud secondary wireless link, and works with any Bluetooth AD2P-enabled phone on the market, requiring only a straightforward software update to install the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP).

“The seamless integration of Tempow’s True Wireless Earbuds (TWE) patented technology with CEVA’s market leading Bluetooth IP delivers an optimal solution for the earbud stereo power consumption challenge,” says Vincent Nallatamby, CEO of Tempow. “By ensuring compatibility with existing phone hardware, the TWE technology is already gaining strong traction with leading vendors.”

Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of the Connectivity Business Unit at CEVA adds, “The collaboration with Tempow has been immensely successful in addressing a key technical challenge for earbuds. We anticipate that this solution will become widely adopted in the burgeoning Bluetooth earbud market.”

The companies will host a joint webinar – “Turnkey solution for Bluetooth true wireless stereo ear buds and speakers” on December 5th. For more information and to register, visit https://bit.ly/CEVATempow.

CEVA
Tempow

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