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Oticon licenses Ceva Bluetooth technology for hearing aid

Steve Rogerson
September 14, 2016



Danish hearing aid manufacturer Oticon has licensed Ceva RivieraWaves Bluetooth LE technology for its recently announced Opn hearing aid. Opn is said to help people with hearing loss hear better, with less effort and better recall.
 
It includes TwinLink technology that incorporates both binaural processing and direct connectivity into a single hearing aid design. This combination of binaural processing and 2.4GHz Bluetooth connectivity allows the Opn hearing aid to connect directly to external Bluetooth-enabled devices, including smartphones and TVs.
 
“Bluetooth low energy is a critical, differentiating feature of our Opn hearing aid, allowing our customers to directly connect and stream audio between their Bluetooth-enabled devices for a significantly enhanced user experience,” said Finn Möhring, vice president of R&D at Oticon.
 
The connectivity element that enables direct connectivity to external Bluetooth-enabled devices is using technology components developed by California-based Ceva.
 
“We chose Ceva’s RivieraWaves BLE technology as an important component of the Bluetooth connectivity of Opn due to its winning combination of market leadership, quality of IP and excellent technical support,” said Möhring.
 
The RivieraWaves IP platforms consist of a hardware baseband controller and a software protocol stack. For Bluetooth Dual Mode, this protocol stack presents a standard HCI interface. A flexible radio interface allows the platform to be deployed with either RivieraWaves RF or various partners’ RF IP, enabling optimal selection of foundry and process node.
 
“We are pleased to announce Oticon as a licensee for our RivieraWaves BLE IP and delighted to see the launch of their Opn hearing aid,” said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president at Ceva. “Oticon is incorporating our BLE IP technology at very low power consumption and we applaud their success in bringing this to market.”
 
Oticon is one of the most innovative hearing device manufacturers with more than 110 years of experience. Its brain first audiological focus recognises that speech understanding and comprehension are cognitive processes that happen in the brain. The BrainHearing technology is helping provide better hearing with less effort by giving the brain the clearest, purest sound signals to decode.