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Cirrus Logic's new processors reduce BoM

Posted: 16 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital audio networking processor? processor? cobranet silicon series? cirrus logic?

With the introduction of three digital audio networking processors from its CobraNet Silicon series, Cirrus Logic Inc. said it is making it possible for commercial and professional audio manufacturers to significantly lower costs of deploying networked audio systems.

According to the company, they are breaking from the traditional digital networked audio model of providing manufacturers with higher-cost module solutions with the release of its three new CobraNet-enabled CS181002, CS181012 and CS181022 chips.

With a CobraNet IC-based approach, manufacturers can now create simpler and significantly cost-reduced solutions, said Cirrus Logic. This product mix ensures the right IC solution for such different market applications as ceiling speakers, mixers, power amplifiers, signal processors, intercom systems, power amplifiers and paging systems.

"By integrating CobraNet technology into silicon, and eliminating the former licensing and royalty-based business model, Cirrus Logic is dramatically lowering the cost per node for developing and installing digitally networked audio capabilities into existing and newly installed Ethernet networks," shared David Parker, senior marketing manger for CobraNet Technology. "That, in turn, expands the market for CobraNet-enabled ICs into new classifications of commercial and professional products that seek to benefit from the industry's leading networked audio standard."

The CobraNet Silicon series simplifies the design process and helps to reduce the overall BoM for manufacturers using standard, proven Ethernet network cabling and equipment, said the press release. The CobraNet Silicon series delivers high-quality, uncompressed digital audio even over long distances. And since CobraNet technology co-exists with Ethernet data and voice-over-IP traffic already present on any given facility's network infrastructure, it is more cost effective to implement compared to installing a dedicated digital audio network, Cirrus Logic added.

The CS181002 supports two channels of simultaneous audio in/out; the CS181012 supports eight channels of simultaneous audio in/out; and the CS181022 supports sixteen channels of simultaneous audio in/out.

The CS181002 is available in a 144 LQFP package and is priced at $15.65; the CS181012 is housed in a 144 LQFP package and is priced at $18.41; and the CS181022 is available in a 144 LQFP package and is priced at $20.25. All quotes are for 10,000-piece orders.

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