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March 05, 2014

New Onkyo Devices Based on Imagination Tech's Caskeid and FlowCloud Technologies

Imagination Technologies (News - Alert) partnered with Onkyo, a provider of home entertainment products, to create wireless audio music streaming systems with enhanced sound quality. Onkyo’s high quality audio download platform known as e-onkyo was launched in Japan in 2005.

Munenori Otsuki, president and CEO of Onkyo Corporation said, “In the last decade we have witnessed a massive increase in music consumption. Unfortunately during this period audio quality has been lost in the rush for convenience.”

“The time has come to raise the bar back up. By working with Imagination and its partners, who are at the center of this movement, we will aggressively expand wireless audio music streaming and high quality audio out of Japan to the rest of the world,” Otsuki added.

Onkyo will be licensing Imagination’s Caskeid and FlowCloud technologies. Caskeid is designed to deliver accurate synchronized wireless multiroom connected audio streaming. Also Caskeid technology provides audiophile-quality stereo playback capability with less than 25uS synchronization accuracy. This enables the provision of true ‘Wi-Fi Hi-Fi’ experience which can effectively replace wires.

The Caskeid technology ensures the delivery of optimum quality music, seamlessly and synchronously to many speakers. Imagination will be providing a Caskeid app developer kit (ADK) to enable agnostic app support over Wi-Fi for any Caskeid speaker, said officials.

The FlowCloud technology on the other hand can connect devices to the Internet so that they can be registered to receive updates and also access partner-enabled services. This includes FlowAudio which is a cloud-based music and radio service featuring several radio stations, on-demand programs, podcasts and so on.

Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination, commented, “We are delighted to be working with such a technically capable audio company as Onkyo. Imagination’s Caskeid and FlowCloud technologies are crucial to enabling both the streaming music and high quality audio revolutions. Onkyo is a brand that can engineer and carry these products to market.”

Onkyo devices developed based on Caskeid and FlowCloud will be compatible with each other and other devices that feature the same technologies, added officials.

During the 2014 Mobile World Congress (News - Alert), Imagination Technologies gave a public demonstration of 3DMark Cloud Gate benchmark test running on its PowerVR Series6 Rogue GPU mobile hardware. 3DMark Cloud Gate is a new OpenGL ES 3.0 benchmark for mobile platforms from Futuremark, a leading provider of high-performance benchmarking software.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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