EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, August 30, 2016 – Eleven Engineering, Inc. (www.elevenengineering.com), a market leader in semiconductor products for wireless audio for home theater, multi-room, outdoor, portable, professional, 12 Volt (car, truck, motorcycle, power sports, marine) and gaming applications, is proud to announce the launch of the Strawberry 3 Amplified SKAA® Wireless Audio Receiver Module. Strawberry 3 will be available Q4 2016. The latest iteration of the Strawberry Module now offers the Merus Audio eximo® digital amplifier technology.
“Ideal for speaker systems across multiple platforms, whether it be home theater, outdoor, Pro MI studio, and DJ, the Strawberry 3 module is the complete package,” explained Rex Whitehead, Eleven Engineering Director of Sales, North America. “Strawberry 3 integrates the Ginseng SKAA receiver, the world-class eximo® digital amplifier from Merus Audio, and a full-featured audio DSP, creating a small and powerful amplified wireless receiver for passive speakers.”
Strawberry 3’s audio output is BOM selectable for either 40W or 70W per channel. Eleven Engineering’s proprietary adaptive frequency hopping protocol uses a narrow footprint in the 2.4 GHz band allowing seamless co-existence with other devices and offering unparalleled Quality of Service.
Additional Strawberry 3 features and specifications include:
- Ships with SKAA OS 2.4
- 8 to 26 VDC high-voltage supply
- 40W/70W per channel in stereo configuration (80W/140W in mono configuration)
- Independent volume control
- 22 programmable biquads for EQ
- Thermal and short circuit protection
- 15 to 50m (50 – 165 ft.) reliable range (transmitter dependent)
- PCB or optional external antenna
- 16 bit x 48kHz digital audio
- Low-power standby and sleep modes meet EUP regulations
- Walking Frequency Diversity™ (WFD); Eleven’s proprietary adaptive frequency hopping protocol
- Small form factor
- Easily connect power, speaker and control lines
- Supports battery power option for portable applications
- Four General purpose I/O
- SKAA Advanced Mode support enables optional I2C MCU interface for access to a feature rich OS and data channel
- Supports dynamic EQ (user EQ) in SKAA Advanced Mode
- Basic mode only requires power, user interface and speaker connection for ready-to-use functionality with near zero design-in time
“Strawberry 3 is a fully equipped module ready for easy implementation into wireless speakers for multiple applications,” Whitehead continued. “We purposely sought out the industry’s leading digital amplifier maker to complement our industry leading wireless technology. Based in the birthplace of digital amplification, Denmark-based Merus Audio fills that role perfectly.”
Explained Martin Bruun Helms, Merus Audio Director, Global Sales, “eximo® is our multi-level switching audio amplifier technology that is available as single-chip amplifier solutions for a wide range of audio applications. eximo® offers the most energy-efficient audio amplifier technology available, enabling significant extension of battery lifetime, drastically reducing heat dissipation, and operates without a heatsink. Merus brings an ideal amplification technology to Strawberry 3.”
In addition, eximo® is compact, thus eliminating the need for large external LC filtering, reducing solution size, and Bill-of-Material. It enables the highest power density in the market while also offering best-in-class audio performance. Its ultra-low distortion levels and excellent noise performance coupled with multi-level switching enables high bandwidth and compliance with High-Resolution Audio requirements. It is EMC compliant even in a filterless configuration.
SKAA is the new wireless HiFi audio standard developed by Eleven Engineering, Inc. SKAA transmitters work with iOS & Android mobile devices, Mac & Windows computers, televisions, and just about any product with a line output or a headphone jack. SKAA is also available as a built-in technology not requiring an external transmitter in purpose-designed partner products, which are featured at SKAA.com. In environments laden with heavy Wi-Fi and Bluetooth traffic, SKAA navigates through these hostile environments with best-in-class reliability. SKAA also allows for uninterrupted audio signals that are delivered with the highest sound quality to all speakers without the latency that is inherent in other wireless solutions.
“SKAA is ridiculously easy to use…all compatible products are ready to play right out of the box with no pairing required”, explained John Sobota, Eleven Engineering CEO and director. “SKAA is also highly flexible as it is compatible with any brand, any product, anytime, anywhere, with rock solid reliability, great range, and CD-quality sound. SKAA.com is the source for all things SKAA.”
About Merus Audio
Denmark-based Merus Audio (www.merus-audio.com) develops the most energy efficient and compact audio amplifier IC solutions available with the proprietary eximo™ technology. The ambition is to create audio amplifier solutions that maximize output power, audio performance and design freedom. By challenging conventional wisdom Merus Audio are creating cooler, smaller, lighter and better sounding amplifiers – for the benefit of all who love audio.
About Eleven Engineering, Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based Eleven Engineering, Inc. is a market leader in microprocessors SiPs (System in Package) and modules designed for wireless audio for Home Theater, Multi-Room, Portable, and Pro Audio products. Eleven’s XInC2 multithreaded processor was designed specifically for digital wireless audio applications but is also well suited for other realtime intensive microprocessor applications.
Eleven’s high-performance wireless audio semiconductors, equipped with XInC2 wireless processor cores, are complete solutions for high-quality digital wireless audio transport. WFD™, Eleven’s proprietary wireless audio transport protocol, has a narrow footprint in the radio spectrum, delivering both best-in-class coexistence with WiFi / Bluetooth and unparalleled Quality of Service.
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