Publish Date : 2005/12/27

Leadtek and Open Interface Announce New SOUNDabout™ Hardware Module

Leadtek and Open Interface of North America today announced that Open Interface's market leading SOUNDabout solution is now available as a completed hardware solution. The SOUNDabout module is the only CD-quality Bluetooth audio product offered as a turnkey solution.

By offering completed modules, Open Interface greatly reduces device manufacturers' time to market and implementation costs.

“Implementing the hardware and software required to deliver a robust, interoperable, CD-quality Bluetooth audio solution is a major engineering effort.” says Greg Burns, Open Interface's CTO, “Open Interface and Leadtek have integrated the hardware and software in a module that can be incorporated directly into a headphone, speaker, or other audio system by engineers who have little or no familiarity with Bluetooth, RF design, or audio hardware”.

“Leadtek is very pleased to be providing the hardware modules for the world's leading Bluetooth audio solution” said Yung Yu, US Sales and Marketing. “Open Interface's expertise in Bluetooth and audio software complement Leadtek's extensive hardware design and manufacturing expertise. Together, we're producing high quality components for less cost than most OEMs would pay for internally developed solutions.”

About the SOUNDabout Demonstration
Leadtek and Open Interface are demonstrating SOUNDabout modules at Booth #36524, South Hall 4. The demonstration shows Bluetooth streaming audio using the A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution) profile, highlighting the superior audio quality of the SOUNDabout implementation. In addition to A2DP, the SOUNDabout audio sink supports the Headset Profile, Hands-free Profile, and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile), providing all the functions required for a stereo headphone/headset combo device. Leadtek and Open Interface aretaking orders for SOUNDabout modules with shipment beginning in the end of January.

About Leadtek's Bluetooth Module Solutions
Leadtek OEM/ODM Bluetooth team started in 2004 with abundant seasoned members. Targeting on OEM/ODM embedded solution market segment, Leadtek Bluetooth team working closely with leading industrial partners and strategic alliances to provide the best of breed Bluetooth solution to meet the demands from all market segments. Our focuses today are on Bluetooth Stereo Audio, Bluetooth GPS and other host-based applications. Through Leadtek's worldwide partnership strategies, we committed to deliver the best quality and service to our valuable customers.

About Open Interface's Bluetooth Solutions
Open Interface's Bluetooth solutions ship in millions of consumer devices worldwide. BLUEmagic® 3.0 is a compact, modular, high-performance Bluetooth protocol stack designed specifically for embedded systems. Initially qualified in July 2002 and qualified for Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR in March 2005, it supports the widest range of Bluetooth profiles in the industry. SOUNDaboutTM is Open Interface's suite of highly optimized audio streaming applications and codecs. SOUNDabout includes eSBC, a proprietary audio codec developed by Open Interface that is backwards compatible with the Bluetooth standard SBC codec but provides significantly better audio quality.

About Open Interface of North America
Open Interface of North America is a world-leading supplier of Bluetooth software and application solutions for the automotive, consumer, and wireless markets. Open Interface North America is a privately held company based in Seattle Washington.

Open Interface North America Contact:
Henry Nielsen
Open Interface North America
(206) 315-5570

Leadtek Contact:
Betty Chen
Leadtek Research Inc.
886(0)2 8226-5800 ext: 720