Silicon Image, Inc. : GGEC Joins Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association Advisory Board
04/18/2012| 08:10am US/Eastern
GGEC Joins Fellow Advisory Board Members To Promote Interoperable
High-Definition Wireless Audio In The Home Theater
The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA™)
Association, today announced new Advisory Board member GGEC,
a major, vertically integrated audio and speaker design and
manufacturing company headquartered in China. GGEC joins fellow Advisory
Board members Aperion
Audio, DEI Holdings, Inc. (parent company to Polk®
Audio and Definitive Technology), Hansong
Electronics Co., Klipsch®
Group, Inc., Meiloon
Industrial Co., Pioneer
Image and Summit
Semiconductor to promote and deliver products that offer
interference-free, wireless surround-sound audio as well as provide
guidance on future technology specifications.
The WiSA Association was founded to advance the adoption of wirelessly
transmitted high-definition (HD) surround-sound audio in the home
theater environment by establishing the industry's first
interoperability specification and compliance testing programs for
manufacturers of high-performance wireless speakers, DTVs, Blu-ray Disc
players, and other consumer electronics (CE) devices. Consumers will be
able to outfit their home entertainment system with WiSA-compliant
speakers and components from any participating vendor with the assurance
that the devices will interoperate with each other and provide the
highest standard in HD wireless surround sound audio.
"Our customers expect us to offer the most advanced technology within
the high end audio and wireless audio category and joining the WiSA
Association as an Advisory Board member was an obvious choice for us,"
said Dave Cox, vice president of new business development at GGEC. "We
are eager to support the Association and bring WiSA-compliant products
to market whereby addressing the challenges of interoperability which
have plagued the industry for years."
The WiSA Association Advisory Board is currently reviewing the
compliance test specification and plans to deliver a 1.0 version in the
third quarter of 2012. Vendors who receive WiSA compliance will have the
advantage of being first to market with an interference-free, HD
wireless surround sound audio system, signaling to consumers that their
products are reliable, flexible and interoperate with other
WiSA-compliant components and CE devices.
"The reality is that today's consumers want HD wireless surround
speakers to match the HD video quality of their HDTVs, Blu-ray players,
and gaming consoles and with the announcement of GGEC's WiSA membership,
a premier ODM and OEM for many of the world's speaker brands, we see an
opportunity for more products to be developed and available with WiSA
compliance," said Jim Venable, president of the WiSA Association. "GGEC
is the ODM and OEM of choice for many of the world's top tier speaker
brands and we are thrilled to have them participate at this level and
share their audio expertise and leadership."
The WiSA Association will be an exhibitor in Cabin H4L08 at the
High End tradeshow in Munich, Germany, May 3-6, 2012 and will be
giving a presentation at the Technology Stage on Friday, May 4th at
11:30 a.m. If you are with the media and would like to schedule a
demonstration, please contact Gabriele Collier at Gabriele.Collier@wisaassociation.org.
Additionally, if you are manufacturer and would like to learn more or
receive a presentation and demo, please contact Stacey Lee Messam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities to participate in the WiSA Association exist for Members
and Associate Members. Companies and organizations interested in joining
the group are welcome to contact the Association. The application to
join and information about membership fees can be found at www.wisaassociation.org.
GGEC offers a complete range of speakers, drivers, audio systems and
accessories. The company's extensive operating experience is run as an
efficient manufacturing base and has excelled in many areas of product
development. GGEC emanated from an electrical workshop in 1951 and has
evolved from a private operation to a state-owned enterprise and finally
as a joint-venture company in December 1993 and having adopted its
present name, Guoguang Electric Company Limited (GGEC). Its shares, a
total of 160 million, were subsequently listed on the Shenzhen Stock
Exchange on May 23, 2005 with an equity capital of Rmb100 million
($13.8M USD). It is not a foreign owned company, it is 100% Chinese
owned. For over 60 years, GGEC has grown to be a world class
organization and one of the leading developers and largest manufacturers
of speaker drivers and audio systems in China. For more information
about GGEC, visit http://www.ggec.com/index.php.
About the WiSA Association
Established in 2011 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the
Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA) Association is an industry group
dedicated to bringing reliable, high- performance interoperable wireless
audio products to the consumer. The Association is responsible for
developing specifications and performing testing and interoperability
certification of WiSA-certified products, Association administrative
management, and outbound marketing campaigns to promote the broad
adoption of WiSA interoperability. WiSA, LLC, the agent for the WiSA
Association, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc.
(NASDAQ: SIMG). For more information about the WiSA Association, visit www.wisaassociation.org.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of federal securities laws and regulations, including, but not limited
to, statements regarding WiSA's certification and testing program, the
features, functionality and benefits of WiSA-certified products and the
market potential and demand for and growth in the adoption of
WiSA-certified products. These forward-looking statements involve risks
and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in
Silicon Image's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC), which could cause the actual results to differ materially from
those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Silicon Image
assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.
WiSA and the WiSA logo are trademarks, registered trademarks or
service marks of WiSA, LLC in the United States and/or other countries.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of
their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.
Gabriele Collier, 408-616-4088
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