Dec 2017 BusinessWire

Advanced Bionics announced that they will incorporate Sonova’s revolutionary SWORD™ (Sonova Wireless One Radio Digital) chip and wireless radio technology into their portfolio of solutions. Current users of the Naída CI Q90 sound processor, and future recipients, will be able to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. The low-voltage wireless chip has the lowest power consumption of any Bluetooth Classic device used in hearing instruments and works seamlessly with Sonova proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless protocols, including Roger.

Sonova brand users (Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, and Advanced Bionics) are free to select their cell phone technology based on their personal preferences, and not the compatibility of their hearing instrument. SWORD low-voltage radio chip runs multiple communication protocols: Standard Bluetooth to connect to multimedia audio sources, proprietary protocols such as AirStream for excellent sound quality for TV streaming, and the ear-to-ear communication protocols supporting binaural applications. SWORD technology addresses the Android operating system while also providing compatibility with Apple’s iPhone.