Tom Froeschle is a Fellow and Vice-President, Research, at Bose Corporation. Driven by its founding principles of investing in long-term research to develop new technologies with real customer benefits, Bose Corporation has changed the way people listen to music at home, on the go, in the car, and in public spaces. Bose was founded by Amar G. Bose in 1964, who was then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The numerous innovative products developed by Bose are based on multidisciplinary research programs that are both theoretical and experimental in nature, featuring physical acoustics, psychoacoustics, materials science, transducer design, systems analysis, biometrics, measurement tools, analog and digital signal processing, power processing, and the development of special-purpose quality and manufacturing equipment to achieve exceptional levels of precision and quality. Bose has provided full-range, lifelike sound from compact systems with a number of iconic products, including its 901 Direct/Reflecting Speaker, Acoustimass systems, Bose Wave systems, and SoundLink Bluetooth speakers. These products feature Bose-pioneered technologies that provided a breakthrough in the realism of reproduced music at a fraction of the enclosure size of conventional speakers. Bose’s pioneering noise-canceling headphones combine closed-loop, noise-cancelling technology with comfortable noise-isolating earcup and eartip designs for unprecedented levels of noise reduction. Bose also transformed audio systems in automobiles with technology and sound quality that rivaled the quality of premium home systems. Bose used their patented digital switch-mode amplifiers because their tiny size and very high efficiency meant they could be co-located within speaker enclosures elaborately shaped to squeeze into unused door cavities. Newer Bose technologies in automobiles include microphones and engine sensors that continuously monitor road and engine noise and compensate the sound system equalization to maintain the highest possible sound quality. And in the field of architectural acoustics, ten years of Bose research led to the Auditioner tool, a widely used computer program and binaural playback system for accurately simulating the sound of an unbuilt room.
Located in Framingham, MA, USA, Bose Corporation is the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Corporate Innovation Award, “for sustained innovation and pioneering research in audio technology leading to affordable, high-performance products.”