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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wolfson teams with Tensilica for audio platform

Setting the benchmark for world-class HD audio
Leading audio chip maker Wolfson Microelectronics has teamed up with configurable processor IP provider Tensilica to create a low power, high definition (HD) sound platform.
Combining Wolfson's world-leading mixed-signal technology and audio expertise with Tensilica's HiFi audio DSP processor cores, this licence agreement will bring HD sound to multimedia platforms, including mobile handsets, netbooks, smartbooks, digital TVs and other multimedia devices.
With HD video a well-established standard in today's consumer electronics world, this partnership will set the benchmark for HD sound and address consumer demand for crystal clear audio. This is an interesting step for Wolfson more into the digital side of the business by licensing the Tensilica core - the silicon implementation and mixed signal integration will come from Wolfson with software and drivers from Tensilica.
Mike Hickey, CEO of Wolfson, said, "We are delighted to be working with Tensilica and integrating their unique and high quality digital signal processing IP cores into our solutions to enhance the quality of the consumer audio experience. Including Tensilica IP in Wolfson's audio system will enable customers to maximise audio quality in multimedia products with a low power and cost efficient audio subsystem."
Jack Guedj, CEO of Tensilica, said, "Wolfson is a leader in high quality and low-power mixed-signal audio and we are pleased to be at the forefront of their expansion into the digital audio realm utilising the HiFi EP Audio DSP.  Tensilica will enable Wolfson to offer a best-in-class complete audio sub-system, and we look forward to further partnerships with our complementary technology offering."
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