Laird Connectivity and Packetcraft partner on Bluetooth LE Audio

Laird Connectivity and Packetcraft partner on Bluetooth LE Audio

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Laird Connectivity has announced a partnership with Packetcraft, a Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) protocol stack pioneer. Under this partnership, the companies are offering a complete Bluetooth LE Audio evaluation kit using Laird Connectivity’s latest BL5340 Series module and Packetcraft’s LE Audio software. This kit is ideal for engineers looking to evaluate LE Audio for emerging next generation Bluetooth LE Audio applications.

The Bluetooth 5.2 specification has bought with it many new features and benefits, including the highly anticipated and innovative LE Audio. This new feature supports high quality audio over Bluetooth LE for a range of new use cases. LE Audio brings many enhancements, including a new high-quality, low-power audio codec, the Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3). LC3 gives developers tremendous flexibility, with high quality even at low data rates, avoiding the tradeoffs between key product attributes of audio quality and power consumption.

The new LE Audio evaluation kits are comprised of Laird Connectivity’s BL5340 Bluetooth 5.2 development boards, a custom audio interface board, and Packetcraft’s comprehensive software for LE Audio. The BL5340 is the most advanced, most secure and highest performing dual core MCU wireless module available. This series of robust, tiny modules features the Nordic nRF5340 SoC and directly targets the highest performance with the lowest power budget. Packetcraft’s LE Audio software includes the link layer, host stack, and LC3 codec. Packetcraft’s software is Bluetooth qualified and designed specifically for ultra-low power resource-constrained embedded devices. Together, these solutions provide a platform that gives developers everything needed to start creating Bluetooth LE Audio products such as wireless microphones, broadcast audio for infrastructure, and much more.

“By combining our BL5340 with Packetcraft’s software, we give developers a platform they can use to start exploring the capabilities of LE Audio,” said Jonathan Kaye, VP of product management, Laird Connectivity.”

“Together with Laird Connectivity we are giving developers a world-class hardware and software platform that is incredibly flexible and serves as the foundation for next generation Bluetooth audio development,” said John Yi, CEO, Packetcraft. “Laird Connectivity is an outstanding partner that delivers the critical features and reliable wireless connectivity needed to support this new frontier of Bluetooth development.”

The LE Audio evaluation kits are available for purchase directly from Packetcraft.

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