Microchip Technology introduced JukeBlox 3.2 platform and software development kit. According to the company, it is the only Wi-Fi audio connectivity platform to support all of the major mobile and PC operating systems along with the DLNA standard. The JukeBlox 3.2 SDK, paired with any JukeBlox network media processor or module, is available now for sampling and volume production. Pricing starts at $12 each for Microchip’s DM870A Wi-Fi network media processor chipset, combined with the JB3.2 software in quantities of 25,000 units per year.
JukeBlox v3.2 offers seamless support for iOS/AirPlay, Android, Windows 8 (mobile and PC), and Mac in one solution. JukeBlox 3.2 operates on all of Microchip’s existing JukeBlox network media processors and modules, and further adds JB Cloud. The platform directly streams cloud-based music services while using mobile devices as remote controls. This eliminates the need for mobile devices to act as servers, where they consume power and must stop the music to take phone calls or support other personal audio functions, freeing them up to be what they were intended to be — personal communication and Internet devices.
The JukeBlox SDK has expanded whole-home audio functionality via JB MultiZone 2.0. This enables more robust and extensive simultaneous synchronized audio streaming and control to multiple JB-enabled devices in the home.
The platform includes SoCs and modules for Wi-Fi networking and media processing, an application software layer for mobile devices and control interfaces, peripheral interfaces and control, and GUI options. With JukeBlox, engineers can develop consumer products that retail for as low as $129.
More info: JukeBlox 3.x Software Platform and SDK