Blackfire partners with Premier Distributor Macnica

Blackfire partners with Premier Distributor Macnica

Blackfire Research, the leader in Wireless High-Performance Multimedia, Multi-Channel Wi-Fi Streaming Solutions, signed an agreement with Premier Japanese Distributor TecStar a division of Macnica, Inc.

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Blackfire Research announces distribution agreement with Tecstar/Macnica of Japan

San Francisco, CA – January 8th, 2016 – Blackfire Research, the leader in Wireless High Performance Multimedia, Multi-Channel Wi-Fi Streaming Solutions, today announced an agreement with Premier Japanese Distributor TecStar Company (a division of Macnica, Inc.).  As a result of the new relationship, TecStar will be Blackfire’s largest distributor in Japan, bringing significantly expanded reach and efficiency in order to form strategic alliances with all leading Japanese Consumer Electronics enablers of Multimedia Connected Home products and solutions. “We are delighted to partner with TecStar.  Our partner ecosystem in Japan is growing rapidly as the demand for broadcasting multiple video streams and Multi-Room, Multi-Channel audio over Wi-Fi increases,” said Blackfire’s CEO, Ravi Rajapakse. “Our program recognizes the challenges of bringing to market new interoperable Multimedia systems over Wi-Fi and offers the most complete solutions for enabling smart Wi-Fi media products in a timely fashion with an unrivaled feature-set and unparalleled performance to our customers.” Blackfire and TecStar have joined forces to develop and offer fully complete solutions of Software and Hardware for Multimedia Streaming for the Connected Home.  Together, Blackfire, TecStar and our ecosystem of Technology Partners have addressed the challenges of deploy high performance and cost competitive product lines to end users worldwide. “Our mission is to deliver the best solutions for all our customers based on leading edge technology such as Blackfire’s wireless Multimedia Streaming platform,” said TecStar Company President, Yuichi Yoshioka. “We are glad to announce that we become a partner with Blackfire who has the most advanced software for high performance broadcasting of audio and video over Wi-Fi in real time to many destinations synchronously.”

About TecStar/Macnica Company

TecStar Company is a division of Macnica, Inc. Since its establishment in 1972, Macnica Inc. has specialized in the supply of wide a variety of high-value-added electronic parts and network equipment, particularly semiconductors, to the electronics, information and communications industries. The company is justly known as a leader in the high-technology fields in which they operate. In recent years, Macnica has expanded its lineup to provide in-depth technical support to customers in addition to the supply of devices. Its customers include Japan’s leading electrical and electronic products manufacturers. The company has its headquarters in Yokohama, and its subsidiaries are located in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Thailand,  Europe, and the USA. For more information: www.macnica.co.jp

About Blackfire Research

Blackfire Research, a San Francisco based company, provides a software for smarter distribution, syncing and playback of media on multiple A/V devices over standard Wi-Fi. Blackfire’s patented technology enables simultaneous high-performance communications using Internet Protocol among multiple devices over Wi-Fi.  Blackfire software will be key infrastructure for the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT) space.  
Blackfire Research Announces Partnership with Chip Solution Provider Realtek

Blackfire Research Announces Partnership with Chip Solution Provider Realtek

Blackfire Research, the leader in Wireless High-Performance Multimedia Streaming, Today announced a technology and business alliance with IC Chip Solution Provider giant Realtek to bring to market new IoT Wi-Fi chipset designs capable of Streaming Audio from Cloud Music Providers to Multi-Room and Multi-Channel wireless speakers.

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Blackfire Research, the leader in Wireless High­Performance Multimedia Streaming, today announced a technology and business alliance with IC Chip Solution Provider giant Realtek to bring to market new IoT Wi­Fi chipset designs capable of Streaming Audio from Cloud Music Providers to Multi­Room and Multi­Channel wireless speakers.

“Our partner ecosystem is growing rapidly as the demand for Wi­Fi, Multi­Room enabled Speakers increases,” said Blackfire’s CEO, Ravi Rajapakse. “Our program recognizes the challenges of bringing to market new interoperable Wi­Fi Speaker systems and offers the most complete solution for product development in a timely fashion with unrivaled feature­set and unparalleled performance to our customers”.

“IoT is said to be the fourth industrial revolution and is expected to become ubiquitous over the next few years” said Realtek’s Vice President and Spokesman, Yee­Wei Huang “With an open platform, full IoT protocols, low­power design, and a great user experience, the Realtek IoT solution is the leader in low­power Wi­Fi IoT solutions and has earned accolades from customers, enabling consumer electronic product designers to add differentiating features in varying applications”. Blackfire and Realtekhave joined forces to develop and offer fully complete solutions of Software and Hardware for Multimedia Streaming. Together, Blackfire, Realtek and our ecosystem of Technology Partners have addressed the challenges of deploying high performance and cost competitive product lines to end users worldwide.

About Realtek

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world’s leading IC providers. Realtek designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. Products include 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controllers/PHYs, 10/100/1000M Ethernet Switch Controllers/Media Converter Controllers/Gateway Controllers, Wireless LAN Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, DSL Chips, VoIP Solutions, High Fidelity Audio Solutions for Mobile and PC Applications, Clock Generators, Card Reader Controllers, Web Camera Controllers, LCD Monitor/ATV/DTV Controllers, and Digital Home Center Controllers. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed­signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers full­featured, High­Performance, and competitive total solutions. More information on Realtek can be found on our website: www.realtek.com.

About Blackfire Research

Blackfire Research is based in San Francisco and provides patented software for High­Performance communications using Internet Protocol to multiple devices simultaneously over standard Wi­Fi. Blackfire software will be key infrastructure for the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT) space.

Blackfire Powers New Generation of Harman Kardon High-Res Speakers

Blackfire Powers New Generation of Harman Kardon High-Res Speakers

Harman Kardon’s next generation of Omni wireless Multi-Room Audio products, based on the Blackfire platform.

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Harman Kardon’s next generation of Omni wireless multiroom-audio products, based on the Blackfire platform, get such upgrades as high-res audio playback, additional streaming services such as Spotify and Google Cast, the addition of 5GHz Wi-Fi to increase bandwidth, and a new design. One model is also the line’s first portable battery-powered speaker.

The products are the Harman Kardon Omni 10+ at $199, the Omni 20+ at $299, portable AC/DC Omni 50+ at $499, OmniBar+ soundbar at $999, and the Adapt streamer without speakers or amplifier at $129. All will be available in the spring at harmankardon.com.

The devices stream 192kHz/24-bit audio over Wi- Fi and feature 192/24 DACs. Two speakers can be set up as stereo pairs, and they can be used as wireless surrounds when paired with the soundbar. All also feature Bluetooth, and Bluetooth sources can be rebroadcast over Wi-Fi from one speaker to the others.

The HK controller app supports Spotify Connect, Google Cast, and such streaming services as MixRadio, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal.