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Fairchild beefs up mobile audio chip portfolio

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multimedia? mobile audio? mixed signal technology?

The mobile industry's audio applications developers are hard pressed to satisfy the growing clamor for multimedia mobile devices that come with smaller speakers, and boast louder and better sound without considerably impacting battery life. Fairchild Semiconductor is thus accelerating its design efforts to address such a daunting challenge.

The chipmaker claims it is equipped to address these mobile audio requirements, offering a growing portfolio of best-in-class audio building blocks than can be used to design, develop and market mobile audio ICs. The company says it is building on a proven track record in two key semiconductor technology areaspower semiconductor solutions and feature-specific mobile semiconductor solutionsto develop new products that address mobile audio requirements such as higher output power, dynamic range compression, speaker protection, SNR improvement, distortion control and power management.

Fairchild plans to introduce the first of these new mobile audio products within the next few months. The high-performance mixed signal technology will allow designers to address the critical challenges of maximizing audio output and minimizing impact on battery run time, providing excellent audio quality and speaker protection, and reducing the overall BOM in a design.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times

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