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WAEA 2010: IFPL MediaHub adds Bluetooth stereo

The latest version of IFPL’s MediaHub connectivity panel has added a stereo Bluetooth pairing point, enabling it to be used for streaming audio to IFE systems.

First shown at Aircraft Interiors Hamburg in 2006, the MediaHub is an auto-sensing and auto-switching modular connectivity panel offering multiple inputs, including HDMI, S-Video and VGA, to which passengers can connect their portable devices. The MediaHub also houses a USB 5V power socket for connectivity and charging of passenger’s portable devices.

The new stereo Bluetooth pairing point supports the wireless streaming of audio from stereo Bluetooth enabled devices such as smartphones, MP3 players and laptops to the IFE system. As video enabled Bluetooth chips become available In the future, the company adds, wireless video streaming will also be possible via the MediaHub.

While the MediaHub is aimed primarily at the VIP and business jet markets, IFPL says it could be adapted easily for airline use. It connects to the IFE system through a single HDMI cable.

IFPL will demonstrate the latest MediaHub on its stand (booth 1331) at this week’s WAEA Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach.

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