Texas Instruments announced the Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack, which is based on the C5000 ultra-low-power digital signal processor (DSP). The C5000 ultra-low-power DSP-based Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack is a plug-in board for the MSP430 LaunchPad development kit. The TI Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack is available now for a one-time promotional price of $30 USD for the next 30 days (normally priced at $34.99).
Tensilica introduced the HiFi 3 audio/voice digital signal processor intellectual property core for system-on-chip design. HiFi 3 DSP has an 80% increase in performance for the FFT (fast Fourier transform), FIR (finite impulse response), and IIR (infinite impulse response) math functions that are essential in audio pre- and post-processing. In addition, there’s a performance improvement of over 150% for most voice codecs compared to HiFi EP. The HiFi 3 has been delivered to lead customers. General availability will be in March.
Synopsys introduced their new DesignWare Sonic Focus Stereo and Stereo HD (High-Definition) IP. The Sonic Focus Stereo IPs enable system-on-chip (SoC) designers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to enhance audio quality and deliver an immersive audio experience for a broad range of low power, DSP-based consumer electronics devices. The new Sonic Focus Stereo IP solutions are ideal for low-power DSP and cost-effective embedded stereo audio applications. The Synopsys DesignWare Sonic Focus Stereo IP solutions are available now.
The IntegrIT NatureDSP Math library is now available for Tensilica’s HiFi Audio DSPs for system-on-chip (SOC) design. The NatureDSP Math library simplifies the software development process for design teams that want to port software codecs to the Tensilica HiFi Audio DSP. The IntegrIT Nature DSP Signal+ is a collection of signal processing routines needed for implementation of typical digital signal processing functions which efficiently utilize the HiFi Audio DSP architecture. It contains highly optimized routines for filtering, FFT, matrix, trigonometric and other math operations.
XMOS created the first USB Audio Class 2.0 reference design for high channel count computer audio interfaces, DJ and live sound mixers, musical instruments and digital effects devices. XMOS USB Audio 2.0 solutions help developers of audio devices to quickly bring products to market which support the latest digital audio at the highest audio quality. The XMOS USB Audio Class 2.0 reference design goes on general release at the end of July. The source code of the reference design will be available free of charge under a royalty free license. All hardware schematics and design files are available for download.
Synopsys introduced the DesignWare Ethernet Quality-of-Service (QoS) Controller IP. Synopsys’ DesignWare Ethernet IP solution supports the IEEE 802.1AS and 802.1-Qav version D6.0 specifications. These specifications enable efficient networking of streaming audio video (AV) applications through IEEE 802.1 networks found in consumer electronics, automotive AV and professional sound system products. The DesignWare Ethernet QoS Controller supporting 10/100/1G data transfer rates is available now.
Tektronix announced new new firmware and software upgrades for their WFM6000/7000 and WVR6000/7000 Series of waveform monitors. The upgrades support the ITU-R BS.1770-1/1771 specifications. The new firmware and software upgrades include capabilities such as an Audio Loudness Meter, an Audio Loudness Session Display and the first audio loudness monitoring of Dolby Digital Plus audio.
Tensilica launched HiFi EP, which is a superset of the HiFi 2 architecture that is optimized for simultaneous multichannel codec support and/or continuously expanding audio pre- and post-processing in home entertainment products such as Blu-ray Disc players, digital television (DTV), and Smartphones. HiFi EP has also been enhanced for efficient, high-quality voice pre- and post-processing. The enhancements result in up to 40% lower power and up to a 50 percent size reduction.
Virage Logic’s Sonic Focus Adaptive Volume audio volume normalizing software normalizes audio levels of movies and music to reduce the need for frequent volume adjustments by the consumer and thereby enhances audio performance in consumer electronics. It has already been licensed for use in PCs, Phone Applications, and USB peripherals. Adaptive Volume is available for PCs (Vista and Windows 7 OS) and a number of embedded processors, such as Virage Logic’s ARC AS 211SFX.
XMOS introduced a reference design for USB Audio 2.0. The solution enables standard computer-based systems to deliver bit-perfect prosumer quality sound. The reference design works with the Mac OS-X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Audio 2.0 native class driver, and XMOS has teamed with Thesycon to provide Audio 2.0 Class driver support for Windows. The XMOS USB Audio 2.0 reference design kit is available now and priced at $149 USD.