Texas Instruments announced the TAS5760xx family of four digital-input, closed-loop I2S amplifiers. The TI TAS5760xx consists of the TAS5760MD, TAS5760LD, TAS5760M and TAS5760L devices. The TAS5760xx are available in four pin-compatible, 48-pin versions: the TAS5760MD and TAS5760LD with headphone amplifiers/line drivers, and the TAS5760M and TAS5760L non-headphone versions. The TAS5760M and TAS5760L are also offered in 9mm by 6mm, 32-pin packages.
Microchip Technology introduced the RN52 certified Bluetooth Audio Module. The product helps designers add high-quality wireless audio and data capabilities in a broad range of applications. The RN52 Bluetooth Audio Module will be available in a compact, surface-mount form factor in March. Prices start at $16 each in 1,000-unit quantities. The module is ideal for wireless stereo speakers, headphones, automotive hands-free, medical devices and computer accessories.
Texas Instruments launched the OPA1662 and OPA1664 bipolar-input audio operational amplifiers. The TI op amps are ideal for USB and FireWire audio systems, analog and digital mixers, portable recording systems, and other applications that require the highest noise performance combined with low power consumption. The dual-channel OPA1662 is available now in SO-8 and MSOP-8 packages for $0.95 in 1,000-unit quantities. The quad-channel OPA1664 is available in SO-14 and TSSOP-14 packages for $1.45 (1,000-unit quantities).
Texas Instruments announced the LM48903 stereo Class D spatial array. The LM48903 is an integrated circuit (IC) that converts a smartphone or tablet computer’s narrow soundstage into a much wider and exciting audio experience for consumers. The TI LM48903 is available now in a 30-bump, 2.7-mm x 3.2-mm micro SMD package. Suggested retail pricing is $1.75 in 1,000-unit quantities.
VLSI Solution introduced the VS1005 all-in-one MP3 audio System-on-a-Chip. The VS1005 SoC includes controllers for high-speed USB host/slave, SD card, parallel NAND flash, SPI, Ethernet, S/PDIF, I2S master/slave and UART. The VLSI VS1005 chip is ideal for portable audio devices, docking stations, and portable recorder applications. Engineering samples of the VS1005 are expected to be available in June 2012. Mass production devices are expected in October 2012. The VS1005 System-on-a-Chip is offered in LFGA-88 10x10x0.9 RoHS compatible package.
Microchip Technology recently introduced the Audio Development Board for the creation of high-quality, 24-bit audio applications. The Audio Development Board for PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) features an 80 MIPS PIC32 MCU, a 24-bit Wolfson audio codec, a two-inch color LCD Display, a USB interface, and an onboard microphone. The Audio Development Board for PIC32 MCUs (part # DM320011) is available now for $149.99. The Digital Audio Development Kit for PIC32 MCUs (part # DM320411) is also available. This kit features the accessory development platform for iPod and iPhone. It will be available by September to Apple Made For iPod (MFi) licensees via Apple’s authorized distributor.
Conexant Systems introduced the CX2077x and CX3102x embedded audio solutions. The CX2077x USB audio integrated circuit (IC) features the functionality of an on-chip digital signal processor (DSP), tri-color LED Pulse-Width Modulator (PWM) and LED driver into a single chip package. Pricing for the CX2077x starts at $2.32 in 1K quantities. The CX3102x starts at $1.65 in 1K quantities. A complete evaluation kit with reference board and all the necessary technical documents and software is available now.
Synopsys introduced an optimized version of the Dynamic Resolution Adaptation (DRA) decoder software for the DesignWare ARC Sound AS211SFX and AS221BD audio processors. The DesignWare ARC Sound DRA codec and the DesignWare ARC Sound audio processors enable OEMs and SoC designer to develop HD audio for Chinese consumer electronic products. The optimized version of the DesignWare ARC Sound DRA decoder will be generally available in July 2011 (available for early access customers now).
SRS Labs and XMOS introduced the SRS WOW HD for XMOS’ iPod/iPhone/iPad speaker dock reference design. The reference design enables features like immunity to noise and interference, Apple authentication interface, USB 2.0 host connection to iPod, S/PDIF digital input or output, Class D amplifier and SRS WOW HD audio enhancement processing. The XMOS digital dock reference design using the XMOS XS1-L1 microcontroller is available now.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, announced the addition of the DesignWare® 96 dB Hi-Fi Audio IP in the 40-nanometer (nm) and 55-nm process technologies to its broad portfolio of high-quality audio IP solutions. Synopsys is the first IP provider to offer audio codecs, digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) in these advanced processes. The DesignWare Audio IP portfolio offers performance levels from 80 dB to 103 dB and is available in more than 20 different process nodes, from 180-nm to 60-nm, and now down to 40-nm. The IP is targeted for consumer electronic applications requiring Hi-Fi playback and record capabilities with very low power consumption and small silicon area, such as portable media players, mobile phones, smart phones, CD/DVD/Blu-ray players/recorders and digital cameras.