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Introducing The Industry’s First Quad Core HD Audio Processor SoC

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has today announced the introduction of the WM5110, the industry's first quad core High Definition (HD) Audio Processor System-on-a-Chip (SoC). This new highly-integrated, low power HD Audio Processor with advanced DSP feature set is designed to deliver revolutionary HD Audio performance for smartphones, tablet computers and portable multimedia devices, setting a new standard for mobile audio processing.

The WM5110 provides an exceptional 110dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and a blazingly fast 600 MIPS of processing power, while only requiring 3mW DAC to headphone power consumption, making it the most powerful and efficient HD Audio Processor on the market. Coming complete with its own Software Development Kit, and with enough MIPS and memory to run Wolfson's suite of sound enhancing and noise reduction software, customers' own software or third party software, OEMs can easily create a unique audio signature that will help differentiate their product in the marketplace, delivering a truly platform agnostic and future-proof system.

The WM5110 also features class-leading earpiece and stereo headphone Ambient Noise Cancellation (ANC), Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), and both transmit-path (Tx) and receive-path (Rx) noise reduction, resulting in 32dB and 20dB noise reduction respectively. These features combine to provide a reduction in background noise of up to 90%, and a dramatically improved user experience for both the caller and listener. Combined with additional features including wideband voice, multi-microphone beamforming, wind-noise suppression and other programmable filters, the WM5110 delivers wonderfully clear and crisp voice calls, even in the noisiest environments; a true multimedia sound experience; outstanding audio capture and playback; and rich and natural-sounding conference calls.

This complete, low cost solution also features 10 fewer components than competitor parts with a comparable solution while providing additional functionality, a smaller PCB footprint and a reduced bill of materials cost for the manufacturer.

Duncan Macadie, Product Line Manager for Audio Hubs at Wolfson Microelectronics, said: "Handheld product OEMs are facing an ever-increasing struggle to differentiate their products in the global marketplace; the challenge of enabling their products to handle more and more audio-demanding use cases, whilst managing growing cost pressures and time-to-market expectations, is enormous. Consumers expect exceptional quality voice calls, conferencing, audio playback and capture, as well as extended battery life.

"The WM5110 HD Audio Processor provides ten times the processing capability of our previous generation of products. It caters for the needs of both OEMs and consumers, providing the best HD Audio performance on the market today, and enables the clear differentiation that OEMs need to stand out in the global marketplace at a competitive cost."

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