Press Release

Qualcomm aptX HD audio technology ecosystem expanding rapidly

aptX HD supported by growing variety of smartphones, wireless speakers and wireless headphones

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., today announced that consumers can access and enjoy premium HD sound on more than 30 devices with support for its Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio technology including smartphones, wireless speakers and headphones. aptX HD helps audio manufacturers meet increasing consumer demand for high resolution wireless audio as it is designed to deliver 24-bit music quality over a Bluetooth wireless connection.

“The desire for wireless 24-bit high resolution audio has gathered momentum in mainstream consumer electronics and increasingly consumers are demanding wireless Bluetooth audio that doesn’t require a compromise on sound quality,” said Jonny McClintock, director, product marketing, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.

“This exciting interest in high-res audio coincides with several other changes in the marketplace including removal of headphone jacks by smartphone manufacturers, widespread adoption of streaming music, and consumers seeking the convenience and portability of wireless devices to match their active lifestyles. We are very pleased with the momentum since the launch of aptX HD a little more than a year ago and a growing number of premium brands are adopting the technology into their portfolios. Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd have helped to make wireless high definition audio a reality and with the broad expansion of  the aptX HD ecosystem consumers now have a broad array of devices at many prices to choose from,” added McClintock.

“Since 1924 Beyerdynamic has been a pioneer in great sound reproduction. Our own progress in electro-acoustics now can benefit from top-notch transmission over Bluetooth with help from Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.’s aptX HD technology. High resolution in wireless mode - a great plus for our customers,” said Mario Gebhardt, Director Business Unit Headphones, Beyerdynamic.

 “When we designed the NuAns NEO [Reloaded] we wanted to ensure that it delivered the ultimate experience. Recognizing that the delivery of high quality wireless audio is an important part of this user experience we implemented aptX HD to support the best possible sound quality,” said Tetsushi Hoshikawa CEO, Trinity, Inc.

Manufacturers with devices that now support aptX HD include:

  • Astell & Kern
  • Audio Technica
  • Beyerdynamic
  • BlueWave
  • LG
  • NAIM
  • Onkyo
  • OnePlus
  • Sharp
  • Trinity, Inc.

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Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. To learn more, visit Qualcomm’s website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. aptX is a trademark of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., registered in the United States and other countries.

Qualcomm aptX is a product of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.