APT Announces New Licensing Deal with WTS
APT (Audio Processing Technology) has announced a new licensing deal with Wearnes Tech Solutions (WTS) a global manufacturer of Bluetooth products including headsets, USB adaptors and Bluetooth AV devices. WTS will license APT's audio compression technology – enhanced apt-X - as part of the advanced Bluetooth module solution it sells to leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, communications and computing equipment.
WTS provides OEMs and ODMs with an affordable and simple method of enabling products with the latest Bluetooth technology. Its modules are integrated into many devices such as portable car-kits, Apple iPod accessories, headsets for mobile phones and MP3 players, and stereo audio transmitters and receivers.
apt-X enables the delivery of stereo audio of the highest quality in applications where bandwidth is limited. Its origins are based in the pro-audio and broadcast sector where it is widely accepted by radio networks, post-production studios and cinemas worldwide as the ultimate in high quality audio coding techniques. apt-X is well suited to wireless delivery as, aside from the high quality, it enables instant delivery of audio. This helps avoid irritating delays and lip-sync issues currently plaguing many wireless devices, especially prevalent in portable video products.
This announcement is swift on the heels of recent news that APT and CSR have closed a deal enabling enhanced apt-X to be included as part of the free consumer upgrade to Windows Vista. All desktops and laptops running Vista will now have the ability to encode audio using apt-X. The partnership means many major manufacturers can easily incorporate the decoding technology into their wireless headsets, speakers and other devices to ensure end-to-end delivery of the highest quality, professional-grade audio.
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