An Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy Audio

Brought to you by The Connected Devices Group

The Connected Devices SIG will introduce the new Bluetooth standards for Low Energy Audio and the opportunities this will present for the wireless community in a series of two online SIG Sessions

About the event

This online SIG event from the Connected Devices Group will introduce the new Bluetooth standards for Low Energy Audio and the opportunities this will present for the wireless community.

As the Bluetooth SIG continues to release the specifications for Low Energy Audio, companies are gearing up to release new products which take advantage of its new capabilities.  The development has been an interesting collaboration between the hearing aid industry, phone manufacturers, silicon providers, consumer electronic companies and specialist audio suppliers. 

In this seminar, Nick Hunn, along with other experts involved with the specification, explains the new features that are enabled, how they can be used for innovative audio applications and how they envisage the market will take off.

This is the first event in this online series of Bluetooth events from the Connected Devices SIG group, with the second taking place on the 17th November at 14:00 and is entitled 'Bluetooth Low Energy Audio – the Deep Dive'. For further information and to register click here

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Agenda

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14:00

Welcome & Introduction from Chair, Nick Hunn, WiFore and Connected Devices SIG Champion

14:10

Alexander Tschekalinskij, Software Engineer and Tester, Fraunhofer IIS

‘LC3 - Low Complexity Communication Codec’

The LC3 codec was developed to solve essential shortcomings in today’s short-range wireless communication platforms. This talk will cover the motivation for a new audio codec, the uses cases of LC3, as well as a short technical overview and listening test evaluations

14:22

Jeff Solum, Wireless System Architect, Starkey Hearing

'Advantages and Features of Low Energy Bluetooth Audio'

14:34

Chris Havell, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Voice & Music, Qualcomm Technologies International

14:46

Panel session with speakers Chaired by Nick Hunn

15:00

Closing remarks & webinar ends

Speakers

Chris Havell - Senior Director of Product Marketing, Voice & Music, Qualcomm Technologies International

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

Jeff Solum - Wireless System Architect, Starkey Labs

Jeff Solum is the wireless system architect at Starkey Labs in Eden Prairie, MN Starkey is the largest hearing aid manufacturer in North America. Jeff Serves as the Vice-chair of the Hearing Aid working group and also serves on the Generic Audio Working group and Core specification working group at the Bluetooth SIG. My background is in telecommunications and signal processing.

Alexander Tschekalinskij - Software Engineer and Tester, Fraunhofer IIS

Alexander Tschekalinskij is a software and testing engineer in the Low Delay Audio Coding Group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen, Germany. He holds a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics from the Friedrich-Alexander-University. As part of the team that developed the LC3 audio codec which is standardized in Bluetooth and ETSI, Alexander represents the Fraunhofer IIS as the Bluetooth SIG delegate. Further responsibilities within the group include software quality assurance and the maintenance of the LC3 specification.

SIG Champions

Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotics

Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Interestingly, the first product he introduced to manufacture is now is in the Science Museum in London. A passionate and committed Christian, Paul is as excited about materials science and quantum physics as he is interested in railways, walking, skiing and the natural world.

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

Tim Whittaker - Head of Professional Audio Visual, Wireless & Digital Services, Cambridge Consultants

Cambridge Consultants was started in 1960 to pioneer the delivery of independent design and development services in electronic, mechanical and product engineering: we are one of the founder companies of the high-technology Cambridge Phenomenon. Our history of world-class services is augmented by our development of intellectual property in areas including telecommunications, software, silicon, medical devices, machine learning, and by more than 20 successful spin-out ventures. Today Cambridge Consultants employs over 900 world-class engineers, scientists, project managers and technicians with offices in Cambridge UK, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo; we provide the full range of services for excellent product design to a worldwide client base in the wireless, consumer, industrial, energy and medical markets. Tim Whittaker is a System Architect in the Wireless business unit, where he has taken the technical lead in projects using radio
standards like Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT, and in the creation of specialist communications schemes for new applications, or to use new spectrum allocations.

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