GGEC Joins Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association Advisory Board
GGEC Joins Fellow Advisory Board Members To Promote Interoperable High-Definition Wireless Audio In The Home Theater
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 18, 2012 – 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
DEI Holdings, Inc. (parent company to Polk® Audio and Definitive Technology),
Hansong Electronics Co.,
Klipsch® Group, Inc.,
Meiloon Industrial Co.,
Pioneer Corporation, SHARP Corporation,
Silicon 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
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
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.
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