Multiple design wins for Frontier Silicon smart audio technology
London, 15th March 2017
Frontier Silicon, a leading provider of consumer audio technologies, announces that its Minuet technology platform has been chosen by three US brands - Brookstone, Jensen and SŌLIS - to power nine new smart audio devices with Chromecast built-in.
Chromecast built-in is a pioneering audio platform which enables smart speakers to stream via Wi-Fi over 150 online music services, such as Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio.
Frontier Silicon is one of a very small number of solution providers chosen by Google to work on this technology. Frontier’s Minuet design platform provides a complete toolkit for brands and manufacturers to develop smart audio devices with Chromecast built-in quickly and cost-effectively.
Frontier Silicon recently updated its software, so all these products work with the Google Assistant, i.e. they can be controlled using voice via a Google Home device.
Brookstone is a leading US speciality retailer, which is using Minuet to power four new wireless speakers in the company’s “Big Blue” range. Brookstone has over 200 North American stores offering a wide range of exclusive, high-quality products in entertainment, wellness and travel categories. Further information can be found at http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/brookstone-launches-big-blue-wi-fi-speakers-with-chromecast-built-in-2192075.htm
The second brand is Jensen*, which Spectra launched at CES last January – with two Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Wireless Stereo Smart Speakers with Chromecast built-in, the JSB-1000 and JSB-2000. Further information is available at http://www.spectraintl.com/index.php/jensen-products/category/chromecast-built-in.
The third brand is newcomer SŌLIS, also launched by Spectra at CES in January. This new brand targets the audiophile market with products inspired by iconic, retro designs. Under the tagline of “leaves no note unheard”, SŌLIS is launching three wireless stereo smart speakers with Chromecast built-in.
Further information is available at: http://www.spectraintl.com/index.php/brands/solis-audio.
Anthony Sethill, CEO, Frontier Silicon, said:
“Smart audio represents a significant opportunity for Frontier. Brookstone, Jensen and SŌLIS are leading innovators in this sector. By combining our audio technology expertise, our relationship with Google and our experience of working with leading audio brands and their manufacturers, we have helped deliver an unrivalled range of smart audio speakers. We expect to be announcing further design wins shortly.”
David Figler, Vice President of Brookstone Products, said:
“The incorporation of Google’s Chromecast technology into our Big Blue range of wireless speakers is an important innovation – for ourselves and our customers. Working with Frontier has enabled us to deliver market-ready products quickly, reliably and cost-effectively.”
Patricia Schoenberg, President of Spectra Merchandising International Inc, said:
"We spent many months beginning early in 2016 to evaluate all the opportunities to launch multi-room streaming speakers with amazing sound. We chose Frontier with Chromecast built-in based on our belief that this is the best technology for our considerable investment in these new products for both our and SŌLIS brands.”
*Jensen is a brand licensed by Spectra Merchandising International Inc from the Voxx Corporation.
About Frontier Silicon Limited
Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading supplier of technology solutions for digital radio and smart audio products. Frontier Silicon’s audio products offer solutions for DAB/DAB+, Internet Radio and Wi-Fi enabled wireless speakers and soundbars - from silicon through software to production-ready platform designs. Customers supplied by Frontier Silicon include Bose, Denon, Grundig, harman/kardon, Onkyo, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Pure, Roberts, Sony, TechniSat, Yamaha, and many more.
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Contact details: Frontier Silicon
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