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Wireless Audio that Works

L-R: Alan Ruberg, Jim Venable

Jim Venable, president of the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association, and Alan Ruberg, chief technologist of WiSA, talk about the next generation of wireless audio, with up to eight channels of 24-bit/96 kHz uncompressed digital-audio information transmitted in a relatively low-traffic radio-frequency region. They discuss important issues such as latency, interference, error correction, and certification as well as answers to chat-room questions and more.

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Jim Venable is an industry veteran with over 25 years experience bringing breakthrough technologies to market. His understanding of mobile, PC, and CE markets is derived from executive experience at Silicon Image in his leadership role with the IP Licensing group, and from senior management positions he has held at Motorola, Mentor Graphics, Hitachi, AMD, and Sharp.

Prior to heading the Wireless Speaker & Audio Association, Venable helped drive the adoption of the Serial Port Memory Technology (SPMT) standard as the President of SPMT Consortium. He is a frequent public speaker who has appeared on numerous industry panels and spoken at industry events. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Alan Ruberg is currently the Chief Technologist for the WiSA Association, where he is responsible for its technical direction, education, and specifications. Previously at Silicon Image, he was a systems engineer responsible for optimizing mobile-platform performance for video and graphics as well as high-performance audio and video delivery in consumer networks. At Sun Microsystems, he worked on audio, video, and graphics for ultra-thin desktop and multimedia appliances. Other work includes audio/video server and network architectures, operating-system and instruction-set support for media applications, contributions to the Java Media Framework, and pioneering work in network video conferencing, collaboration, and presentation tools. Alan holds 25 US and international patents.

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