The WiSA Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing reliable, high-performance, interoperable, wireless, surround sound audio products to the home theater market, today announced the opening of its first authorized test center (ATC), in Sunnyvale, CA. The ATC will be managed by Simplay® Labs, the leading provider of development tools and interoperability testing services and solutions for the global HD connectivity standards HDMI and MHL, with testing centers in the U.S., China and Korea. The WiSA ATC is now operational and in the process of receiving, testing, and certifying Association members’ wireless products for the home theater market in accordance with the WiSA Compliance Test Specification (CTS). The ATC is set up to test products ranging from receiving devices like wireless speakers and soundbars to transmitting devices like Blu-ray Disc™ players, set-top boxes, HDTVs, A/V receivers, gaming consoles, media hubs and other electronic devices.
The testing program gives assurance to both the manufacturer and the consumer that the wireless link between the transmitting device and the receiving devices is compliant to the test specification and certifies the devices’ interoperability with other WiSA-compliant products. This significant accomplishment was achieved in only 18 months since the formation of the Association. Credit for the fast tracking of this goal is due to the cooperation and commitment of the Association’s member companies and the industry’s acceptance of the need for compliance testing for wireless home theater products.
“The Association learned by the mistakes other connectivity technologies made such as rushing products into the market only to see them fail because they had not created their own testing and compliance organizations,” said Jim Venable, president of the WiSA Association. “We knew from the beginning that instilling confidence in the consumer that WiSA-enabled products will work ‘out of the box’ when they get them home is critical for our overall success. “
Companies who wish to know more about the technology and investigate joining the WiSA Association can go to http://www.wisaassociation.org/ to download the white paper and click on “becoming a member” for additional information. If you are already a member of the Association and would like to learn more about the certification process or submit your products for testing, you may log in to the members only section of the website to review the Compliance Test Specification (CTS), the Interoperability Requirements Document (IRD) and the Compliance Declaration Form (CDF). If you do not have a login, please send a request for a login to firstname.lastname@example.org.