Open Interface North America
|Headquarters||Seattle, Washington, USA|
Open Interface North America (OINA) was a privately owned embedded Bluetooth software provider based in Seattle, Washington and was incorporated in 2000 as a division of the Japanese company Open Interface, Inc., which had formed in 1992. Akemi Sagawa, a Microsoft product manager at the time, was hired to run it. Another former Microsoft employee, Greg Burns, was brought in as chief technology officer.
OINA created and sold Bluetooth software stack products to chip companies with a focus on mobile devices; OINA products were included in Apple’s iPhone, Motorola’s Razr LG’s Chocolate music phone, and Logitech's FreePulse headphones. The Logitech deal was based on OINA's product, SOUNDabout Lossless, a lossless audio codec for bluetooth; SOUNDabout had very little lag and high fidelity, supported multi-channel streaming, and allowed headphone manufacturers to avoid decoding MP3 or AAC, which would have required them to pay royalties on those decompression software packages.
In 2004, OINA had a change in ownership. According to Dashlight Systems, which was founded by Tom Nault in 2003 to develop Bluetooth technology and intellectual property, Daylight acquired a controlling interest in OINA in May 2004 and Nault became Chairman of the Board of OINA at that time.
- State of Washington Open Interface North America, Inc. Page accessed April 18, 2016
- Charles Bermant and Seattle Times staff. December 4, 2006 This week: Open Interface North America
- Deborah Knox for Poets and Quants. August 9, 2015 Stanford MBAs 25 Years Later: Where They Are & Life’s Core Lessons
- Brier Dudley for the Seattle Times. August 1, 2007 Wireless hi-fi from Seattle’s Open Interface
- OINA via PR Newswire.. Apr 16, 2002. Press release: Open Interface North America Releases BlueMagic(TM) 3.0 to Target the Embedded Bluetooth(TM) Wireless Connectivity Market
- Daniel Eran Dilger for Apple Insider. July 02, 2007 Apple's iPhone: an initial (but in-depth) review
- Bill Ray for The Register. Jan 9, 2008 Qualcomm quietly buys up Bluetooth experts
- Tim Gideon for PC Mag. Aug 1, 2007 Lossless Bluetooth Audio Coming Soon
- Rick Merritt for EE Times. August 1, 2007. Codec cranks for wireless stereo headsets
- Dashlight Systems About Page accessed April 17, 2016
- John Cook for Seattle PI. January 14, 2008 Qualcomm buys Open Interface
- Qualcomm Form S-8 filed 01/24/08
- Matt Marshall and Saumil Mehta for Venture Beat. July 23, 2008 MobileBeat: Mobile success stories
- OINA web site, archive from 2008.