One of the longest-standing issues of wireless home audio systems has been syncing the audio between multiple speakers or even devices placed at different parts or rooms of a house or venue. And at CES 2017, the Wi-Fi Alliance has officially unveiled plans to begin certifying a new wireless standard called Wi-Fi TimeSync, a new feature that enables devices to connect with each other through Wi-Fi with sub-microsecond clock synchronization allowing for accurate coordination and synchronization.
“Wi-Fi is becoming ubiquitous in an increasing number of device categories as it expands from an internet connectivity tool into a dependable enabler of high-quality, wireless entertainment experiences,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi TimeSync enables interconnectivity between various rich, media components and also entire systems. This enhanced capability will create an excellent, fully-synchronized media experience with Wi-Fi devices.”
According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, TimeSync can be used for several applications including home entertainment systems and car infotainment systems as well as several devices such as wireless speakers, headphones, Blu-ray players, televisions, and set-top boxes. And while home entertainment systems are the initial focus of the new standard, there are also a host of other possible applications for TimeSync in the industrial, automotive, healthcare, and IoT fields.
The first generation of TimeSync certified devices from manufacturers should begin showing up later this year or early in 2018. And since TimeSync is a wireless standard, it will be supported across devices from different manufacturers.