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HiFi Audio codec lib includes FLAC decoder

Posted: 13 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FLAC? decoder? IP core? DSP? audio codec?

Tensilica is beefing up its HiFi Audio DSP family of IP core software library with the addition of Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) decoder.

FLAC is an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless so the audio is compressed without any loss in quality. Because it is not a proprietary format, is not encumbered by patents, and has an open-source reference implementation, FLAC has become increasingly popular.

According to Tensilica, its HiFi Audio IP core family has shipped in millions of units in products ranging from cellular phones to DTVs, high-end Blu-ray disc players and home theater systems, thanks to the power and area efficiency of the architecture and the support of all popular audio and voice codecs and post processing software.

"We added the FLAC decoder, supporting both stereo and multichannel formats, to cover the complete spectrum of mobile and home entertainment products," stated Larry Przywara, Tensilica's director of multimedia marketing. "FLAC is gaining acceptance as a lossless format for distribution of audiophile quality music and is becoming a required feature in the latest generation of consumer electronics."

- Phil Ling
EE Times Europe

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