CEVA Bluetooth® 5.3 Platform IP supports the new Auracast™ Broadcast Audio and transforms the shared audio experience


Introduced by Bluetooth SIG, Auracast™ Broadcast Audio allows an Auracast transmitter device with a single audio source to broadcast one or multiple audio streams to multiple Auracast receiver devices

ROCKVILLE, MD., June 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and integrated IP solutions, announced that its latest RivieraWaves Bluetooth® 5.3 IP family now supports Auracast™ Broadcast Audio, the new audio, supports sharing standard based on the Bluetooth LE Audio Broadcasting Specification, announced today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Auracast Broadcast Audio is designed to transform the shared audio experience by enabling an unlimited number of Auracast receiver-compatible devices such as TWS earbuds, headphones, hearing aids, and wireless speakers to simultaneously receive audio broadcasts from one or more Auracast broadcasting devices.

The recently released Bluetooth SIG 2022 market update forecasts that the number of Bluetooth audio streaming device shipments will grow at a CAGR of 7% to 1.8 billion annual shipments by 2026, with earphone shipments growing by around will increase threefold. The new Auracast Broadcast Audio, part of the Bluetooth LE Audio specification, will open up significant new opportunities for innovation, including enabling personal and location-based audio sharing. Possible application examples are flight-specific audio transmissions at an airport, multilingual options in cinemas or museums and a large number of assistance functions in public spaces for the hearing impaired, which can be transferred directly to hearing aids.

Shalev valleyVice President and General Manager of Wireless IoT BU at CEVA, commented, “We welcome the launch of Auracast Broadcast Audio, which will transform the way we share audio in private and public spaces. CEVA helped develop the Bluetooth standard and is proud to have licensed its Bluetooth LE and dual-mode technologies, including Auracast solutions, to major semiconductor companies and OEMs for various applications including wireless headsets, TWS earphones, Hearing aids, smartwatches, speakers and microphones.”

CEVA is the leading provider of Bluetooth platform IP solutions for integration into SoCs that power billions of Bluetooth-enabled devices to date. CEVA offers both Bluetooth LE and dual-mode IP platforms including baseband controller, radio and full software protocol stack compatible with Bluetooth 5.3, LE Audio and Auracast. To further simplify the development of wireless audio devices, CEVA’s Bluebud Bluetooth audio turnkey platform offers a complete wireless audio experience targeting TWS earbuds, smartwatches, wireless microphones and speakers. Bluebud combines Bluetooth, audio and sensor IPs in a single, integrated solution, along with a comprehensive list of audio codecs including LC3, (m)SBC, CVSD, AAC, MP3, speech processing algorithms such as ClearVox for noise reduction and echo cancellation, WhisPro for Speech recognition and MotionEngine Hear for spatial audio and motion detection. For more information on how CEVA can work with you to design your next-generation wireless audio SoC using best-in-class IP and chip design expertise, contact us [email protected].

About CEVA, Inc.

CEVA is the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensor technologies and integrated IP solutions for a smarter, safer and connected world. We provide digital signal processors, AI engines, wireless platforms, cryptographic cores and complementary software for sensor fusion, image enhancement, computer vision, speech and artificial intelligence. Offered in combination with our Intrinsix IP integration services, these technologies help our customers tackle their most complex and time-sensitive integrated circuit design projects. Many of the world’s leading semiconductor, system companies and OEMs leverage our technologies and chip design capabilities, developing energy-efficient, smart, secure and connected devices for a range of end-markets including mobile, consumer, automotive, robotics, industrial, air – and aerospace and defense and IoT.

Our DSP-based solutions include platforms for 5G baseband processing in mobile devices, IoT and infrastructure, advanced imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device, audio/speech/voice, and ultra-low-power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For sensor fusion, our Hillcrest Laboratories Sensor processing technologies provide a wide range of sensor fusion software and inertial measurement unit (“IMU”) solutions for markets such as hearing aids, wearables, AR/VR, PC, robotics, remote controls and IoT. For Wireless IoT, our Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode), Wi-Fi 4/5/6/6E (802.11n/ac/ax), Ultra-Wideband (UWB), NB-IoT and GNSS platforms are best suited broadly licensed connectivity platforms in the industry.

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