Press Release

Qualcomm Broadcast Audio Helps Users to Stream Music to Numerous Bluetooth Headphones and Speakers Simultaneously

Now Available on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform, this Technology Helps Consumers to Wirelessly Stream Music from a Single Device to Numerous Headsets or Speakers with Near Perfect Synchronization 

Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced today that its Broadcast Audio technology is now available on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform. Qualcomm® Broadcast Audio is designed to allow one Bluetooth source to stream audio to numerous headsets or speakers with near perfect synchronization. The technology is designed to support Bluetooth to be used for one-to-many sound broadcasting – helping to extend the capabilities of traditional Bluetooth. Qualcomm Broadcast Audio supports ad-hoc multi-speaker parties, sharing headphones and listening to the same music from a single smartphone, or for group audio tours.

Features of Qualcomm Broadcast Audio Include:

  • Simpler set-up and pairing of devices and device management helping users to more easily manage which devices can join
  • Broadcast to numerous devices within Bluetooth range
  • Built-in robustness, automatic retransmission and packet-loss concealment
  • Encrypted audio stream designed to help reduce the risk of eavesdropping

“Qualcomm Technologies continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with wireless audio technologies, and broadcast helps consumers to share their music in new and exciting ways directly from their mobile phone,” said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, voice and music, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. “Imagine the laughter of a group of teenagers sharing a new song amongst their individual headphones, a “silent disco” with hundreds listening to a DJ that only they can hear, a guided tour with simultaneous translation or college dorm party where numerous speakers can participate to support an impromptu party, these are just some of the exciting possibilities our customers can support with broadcast audio.”

In addition to the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, Qualcomm Broadcast Audio is also available on a range of Qualcomm Bluetooth Audio System-on-Chips (SoCs) including CSR8670, CSR8675, CSRA68100 and the recently announced QCC5100 low power Bluetooth audio SoC Series for wireless earbuds and hearables.

Software updates are available to customers already developing products based on Qualcomm® Bluetooth Audio SoCs, so Qualcomm Broadcast Audio can be added as a feature even post-sale on many products. For more information or to see a demo of Qualcomm Broadcast Audio, please stop by the Qualcomm Technologies’ booth at Mobile World Congress 2018, #3E10 in Hall 3.

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Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Broadcast Audio, and Qualcomm Bluetooth Audio SoCs are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.