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Audio IC delivers high-quality stereo at 10W

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:audio chip? amplifier? consumer electronics?

STA370BWS audio chip

STMicroelectronics debuted its STA370BWS SoundTerminal chip that delivers increased performance at a highly competitive price. The chip uses ST's Full Flexible Amplifier technology to deliver high-quality stereo audio at 10W and above, in various consumer applications, including the latest ultrathin LED-backlit flat TVs.

Advanced chip manufacturing technologies govern the performance and cost of digital audio chips, delivering advantages such as reduced noise and distortion, support for more sophisticated audio processing, and extra features integrated on the chip to reduce the total number of system components. Also, each technology evolution delivers higher functionality per chip size than its predecessor, enabling extremely competitive pricing relative to performance.

The STA370BWS is the first audio device to use the company's proprietary BCD8 process technology. An evolution of the BCD6S process, BCD8 is the eighth generation of ST's Bipolar/CMOS/DMOS technology, which allows the company to build analog, logic, and high-voltage functions on a single chip. In developing the STA370BWS, ST leveraged the BCD8 process to integrate more sophisticated audio signal processing within the CMOS section, enabling a better listening experience for end users. The device also performs a short-circuit check at power on, which increases application safety and prevents PCB damage, leading to minimum rework costs for equipment manufacturers.

The device's on-chip power amplifier also delivers better performance over conventional digital amplifiers, using ST's FFX technology, which provides improved audio at the amplifier output. In addition, ST's F3X technology, the third-generation of FFX amplifiers, used in the STA370BWS's auxiliary output, further improves audio quality by suppressing non-audio signals, such as the carrier waveform that governs the amplifier's timing, to produce clearer, purer sound throughout the output-power range.

The STA370BWS is the first in a new generation of ST's SoundTerminal portfolio. The portfolio currently includes the STA333BW, STA335BW, STA339BW, STA339BWS and STA369BWS. The new STA370BWS has a resale price of $2.50 for 10,000-piece orders, and is now sampling to lead customers.





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