CEVA, a leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, has acquired the RealSpace® 3D Spatial Audio business, technology, and patents from VisiSonics Corporation. The acquisition includes VisiSonics’ spatial audio R&D team and software, positioning CEVA to better serve Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) looking to enhance the audio experience of their products.
CEVA Acquires VisiSonics for RealSpace 3D Spatial Audio Business
This acquisition extends CEVA’s application software portfolio for embedded systems and strengthens its strong market position in hearables, where spatial audio is fast becoming a must-have feature. Based in Maryland, close to CEVA’s sensor fusion R&D development center, the VisiSonics spatial audio R&D team and software extends the Company’s capabilities in spatial audio and offers a solution for truly immersive audio experiences.
Opportunities for Growth in Markets: Gaming, AR/VR, Healthcare, and More
According to Future Market Insights, the market for 3D audio is set to grow 4.1X from 2022 to 2032 and reach nearly $31.9 billion in 2032. In addition to the hearables market, spatial audio can drive innovation in many other sectors, including gaming, augmented/virtual reality, audio conferencing, healthcare, automotive, and media entertainment – all potential spaces for CEVA’s expansion.
RealSpace Provides Complete Spatial Audio Solution with Dynamic Head Tracking
The RealSpace spatial audio rendering software uses proprietary algorithms to create an immersive sound experience, reproducing sound like in real life. Dynamic head tracking enhances the immersive experience, simulating sounds in the real world through headphones or earbuds. The software can be implemented directly on headphones or earbuds as an embedded library and is already ported to both DSPs and Arm Cortex-M class MCUs. This makes it simple for OEMs and semiconductor companies to incorporate high-performance spatial audio with precise head tracking into their products with minimal system requirements.
RealSpace technology has been successfully integrated with THX, the world-class audio and video certification and technology company, to develop spatial audio solutions for gaming, music, and hearables. CEVA has already collaborated with VisiSonics to bring the complete RealSpace spatial audio solution to boAt, India’s #1 hearable and wearables company. The company announced earlier this year its first spatial audio headphones with dynamic head tracking – boAt Nirvana Eutopia – a true example of the potential of CEVA’s latest acquisition.
Through the acquisition of VisiSonics’ spatial audio software and business, CEVA has established its global presence and synergistic technologies, allowing it to fully exploit the potential of spatial audio software. With the sheer potential of the technology, the opportunities are endless. CEVA’s already strong relationship with VisiSonics, THX, and key partners put it in a unique position for future growth and success in the audio industry.