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New Bluetooth LE Audio edges closer to roll out

2022-07-12 18:54 by
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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association that oversees Bluetooth technology, has announced the completion of the full set of specifications that define LE Audio, the next generation of Bluetooth audio.

"Today is a proud day for the Bluetooth SIG member community as our members overcame many of the challenges they faced over the past few years to complete the largest specification in Bluetooth SIG history," said Mark Powell, CEO of the Bluetooth SIG. A development project, Bluetooth LE Audio expands the possibilities of the wireless audio market."

Bluetooth LE Audio is the next generation of Bluetooth audio and has been created to enhance the performance of Bluetooth audio, add support for hearing aids, and introduce Auracast broadcast audio, an innovative new Bluetooth capability with the potential to once again change the way we experience audio and connect with the world around us explains Bluetooth SIG. LE Audio relies on a new core feature introduced in version 5.2 of the Bluetooth Core Specification. Products that support LE Audio will also support that feature, which is called LE Isochronous Channels and brings an isochronous data transport option to the Bluetooth Low Energy radio.

However, apart from other features, the new standard will also support the new LC3 codec. The latter is promised to be much more efficient in terms of audio transmission. In other words, products with this tech will provide a much higher audio quality at the same bit rate than the current baseline SBC codec. Moreover, it can ensure better audio quality at lower bit rates. The lower the bit rate, the lower the power consumption. So due to this technology, the Bluetooth headphones will last longer.

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