Zound’s good as Frontier Silicon helps client make Swede music
Scandinavian audio pioneer, Zound Industries, has chosen the Minuet platform from Frontier Silicon – a Cambridge consumer audio technology specialist – to power its new range of connected audio speakers with Chromecast built-in under the Urbanears brand.
Chromecast built-in is a new audio technology for global markets which enables smart speakers to stream via Wi-Fi over 150 online music services, such as Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Pandora and iHeartRadio.
Frontier Silicon is one of a very small number of solution providers chosen by Google to work on this technology. The Minuet platform provides a complete toolkit for brands and manufacturers to develop smart audio devices with Chromecast built-in, quickly and cost-effectively, according to Frontier CEO Anthony Sethill.
Minuet also offers Airplay, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, Mobile Apps and Bluetooth. Frontier recently updated its software so that all Minuet-based speakers now work with the Google Assistant, which means they can be controlled using voice via a Google Home device or phones running newer versions of Android.
Frontier also developed the ‘Urbanears Connected’ mobile apps on iOS and Android through which consumers can access the enhanced control and features of their speakers.
Urbanears is part of the Stockholm-based Zound Industries group and is best known for its headphones and headphone accessories, including the world-renowned Plattan series.
Frontier Silicon, says its Minuet technology platform has also been chosen by three US brands – Brookstone, Jensen and SOLIS – 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.
The business 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.
Siena proves a DAB hand for Frontier Silicon
Frontier Silicon has launched Siena – its smallest-ever module for DAB+ radios. The module measures 21 x 21 mm and is a low power, cost-optimised solution designed for both entry-level price point DAB+ radios, and consumer audio devices which offer DAB radio as one of several functions.
Using surface mount technology, the module can be fixed directly to a DAB radio system board without the need to include a connector.
As well as enabling reduced system cost, Siena introduces a host of state-of-the-art technologies to optimised power consumption, RF and audio performance, says Sethill.
He said: “As international demand for DAB radio accelerates and the first countries start to switch-off FM signals, it is essential that we provide a solution to serve the fast growing entry level price point segment of the market.
“The Siena module – with its smaller footprint, reduced power consumption and lower cost – will address this segment and help drive market growth.”