Cambridge Consultants uses DECT for radio microphone

Cambridge Consultants has developed a reference design for radio microphones using the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) platform.

Accoding to the Cambridge-based design house the radio microphone design “quadruples the range of existing radio microphone technology, whilst also lowering the total bill of materials costs to under $12 for each microphone”.

The new microphone design deploys Cambridge Consultants’ DECT-based Salix audio distribution platform, delivering high quality 15kHz audio bandwidth with automated set-up and frequency management.

DECT has a dedicated license-exempt band in most countries worldwide and also ensures that the new microphone platform has high spectral density, allowing up to 40 microphones in a single space without mutual interference or spurious effects.

It also extends the range of radio microphones up to 100 metres without requiring line of sight to the transmitter, as opposed to existing technologies that typically allow a range of 25 metres.

“Many users of radio microphones are faced with significant frequency management issues that are difficult to solve with limited budgets or in-house expertise,” said Tim Whittaker, System Architect in Cambridge Consultants’ Wireless Division.

DECT’s automatic frequency band allocation ensures that the new microphones can be ‘paired’ with the receiver(s) with a simple button press.

“DECT is a rock solid radio technology which is why we consider it ideal for installed audio, where quality and stability are the key criteria. The fact that DECT is a well-established technology also means that chips are made in huge volumes and are widely available, which enables the development of extremely low cost transmitters and receivers,” said Whittaker.

The tested and proven microphone system reference design is available as a hardware documentation package including photoplot and assembly information, with executable software for both transmitter and receiver ends.

Alternatively, source code licensing is available for custom design.

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