ESS Technology Launches Sabre32 Reference Audio ADC

ESS Technology, a leading provider of high performance audio/video solutions, announced the addition of the Sabre32 Reference Audio ADC to its Vista[tm] family of high-definition audiovisual product line. The Sabre32 Reference Stereo DAC is the world’s first 32-bit stereo analog-to-digital (A/D) converter targeted for consumer applications such as audio pre-amplifiers, audio processors, A/V receivers and professional audio applications such as recording systems, mixer consoles and digital audio workstations.

Using the ESS patented Hyperstream[tm] ADC architecture with a 32-bit decimation filter, the Sabre32 Reference ADC delivers an unprecedented THD of -120dB, the industry’s highest performance level that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts. The Sabre32 Reference supports I2S output with full 32-bit resolution, as well as SPDIF output. In addition, the Sabre32 Reference integrates a digital high-pass filter for DC removal, supports output sampling rates up to 200kHz and consumes less than 50mW.

For 24-bit applications, ESS is also offering the Sabre Reference Stereo ADC that delivers a THD of -115dB.

Robert Wong, vice-president of marketing and worldwide sales for ESS Technology, said, “The ESS Sabre32 and Sabre ADCs will quickly become the new benchmarks against which all other audio ADCs will be compared. Together with the Sabre32 and Sabre DACs, ESS has raised audio converter performance to a level never before possible, setting a new Gold Standard of excellence for the audio world.”

The Sabre32 Reference 32-bit Stereo Audio ADC will be sampling in April 2009 in 28-TSSOP package and priced at $29 in quantities of 1000.

The Sabre32 Reference Stereo Audio ADC will be shown January 8 – 11, 2009 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the Hilton. Appointments may be scheduled by calling Wendy Chafer at 510-492-1180.

About ESS Technology
ESS Technology, Inc. designs and markets high-performance audio/video products for the consumer market. ESS’s Vista product line features high-definition solutions such as the Phoenix and Phoenix-II series of HD-Enhanced DVD processors, 1080p Video Up-converters, HDMI transmitters, Sabre series of Hyperstream audio digital-to-analog converters and other products for digital television. ESS’s Sabre Hyperstream audio digital-to-analog converter series, consisting of Sabre Reference and Sabre Premier, is the world’s first 8-channel audio DAC solution to bring true professional digital audio to the mass consumer home entertainment market. The Sabre series has already been designed into some of the world’s most prestigious audiophile equipment, including Blu-ray players, CD/SACD players, and A/V preamps. ESS is headquartered in Fremont, California, and has R&D, sales, and technical support offices worldwide.