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CES 2024: A Revolution in Short-Range Wireless for High-Performance Gaming, Audio and IoT Connectivity

  • February 2, 2024

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CES bills itself as “the most powerful tech event in the world” and it’s easy to see why.

CES 2024 was an incredibly successful event for SPARK Microsystems and the tech industry at large, energized by attendees from all over the world gathered in Las Vegas to glimpse into the future of groundbreaking consumer technologies. Entire product categories have been revolutionized by the innovations previewed at earlier CES events, and CES 2024 attendees witnessed another revolution in the making.

SPARK UWB technology is transforming short-range wireless communication applications. Ultra-wideband connectivity is no longer an emerging technology. It has emerged.

The benefits delivered with SPARK UWB are real and they are impressive. And they’re being commercialized today, evidenced by the abundance of SPARK customers exhibiting their innovations at CES this year!

A NEW PERFORMANCE BENCHMARK FOR GAMING

In the gaming and esports domain, multiple hardware vendors were on hand at CES 2024 to showcase the next evolution in their product portfolios – innovations made possible by SPARK UWB. Featured among these vendors, XPGPrimax and iONE previewed a range of high-performance gaming mice, keyboards and gaming headsets coming soon for hardcore gamers hungry to take their gaming to the next level. 

SPARK UWB breaks the performance barrier for wireless gaming peripherals by delivering polling rate performance up to 8,000 Hz, and 0.15 ms latency data transfer, both crucial for gaming performance. In the gaming arena, this ensures that players stay perfectly in sync with the on-screen action for faster responsiveness and superior gaming performance. Additionally, SPARK features an extremely low power profile to help ensure long uptime between device charges for uninterrupted gameplay.

XPG is building an entire ecosystem of UWB-connected gaming devices, leveraging SPARK UWB technology to deliver superior gameplay responsiveness from mouse to keyboard to headset – all of which deliver a new level of gaming performance that’s unachievable with legacy Bluetooth and proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity. 

Gaming devices combining the freedom of wireless connectivity with the performance attributes of wired devices are a huge win for gamers seeking to sharpen their competitive edge. What’s more, they foretell a future for AR/VR device connectivity – from smart glasses to wearables – whereby users can be enveloped in a personal ‘bubble’ network delivering high-throughput, low latency connectivity for a truly immersive, real-time XR experience

AMAZING AUDIO WITH UWB

Also at CES 2024, SPARK UWB was powering high-performance audio equipment, including – among others – the new Duetto active wireless speakers from Sonus Faber, the prestigious Italian manufacturer of handcrafted, high-end audio equipment. Visitors to SPARK’s CES suite got to hear the Duetto speakers for themselves, and the sound quality is second to none!

At the heart of the impeccably designed Duetto speaker system, you’ll find SPARK UWB technology enabling the high-performance, low latency wireless link between the two speakers. The system supports a range up to 8 meters for unfettered placement/positioning flexibility with no compromises in audio performance to ensure-wired like performance without the wires. And SPARK UWB technology sidesteps the interference and congestion issues inherent to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. 

We were heartened to see UWB audio demonstrations elsewhere at CES, proof positive that the value UWB delivers is well understood by our peers in the tech industry. SPARK will continue to lead, and others will follow.

When it comes to audio, SPARK UWB transcends other UWB offerings in two important dimensions, the first of which is sound quality. In SPARK’s view, anything short of uncompressed, lossless audio is unacceptable for the next generation of wireless audio devices.  SPARK UWB’s chief value proposition in wireless audio is that it vastly outperforms the audio quality of the legacy Bluetooth devices that consumers have relied on for the last 20+ years.

The second imperative – the holy grail for any wireless device, particularly the mobile kind! – is power efficiency. Long uptime between charges is crucially important, and SPARK UWB’s extremely low power consumption gives it a natural advantage over legacy Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

In both of these areas – sound quality and power efficiency – CES demonstrations revealed that SPARK’s industry brethren in UWB tech still have some work to do. SPARK has set the UWB audio performance standard at 24 bits (stereo audio bit depths) and sample rates up to 96 kHz – with extremely low power drain. 

For a closer look at SPARK’s CES 2024 demonstrations, head on over to our YouTube channel where you’ll find previews of demos spanning gaming micesensor fusion enablementIoT connectivity and the Sonus Faber wireless speaker system.

It was a real delight to visit with attendees, customers and partners at CES 2024. It’s a great way to kick off the new year, and based on what we saw at CES, 2024 is going to be an exciting year!