Syntiant raises $55 million, ships 20 million+ chips

By Peter Cooney / April 4, 2022
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Syntiant is a start-up company founded in 2017 focusing on developing always on, machine learning based processor solutions.  Investors for Syntiant includes a whole spectrum of tech industry companies such as Amazon, Bosch, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, and Renasas and more.  The NDP100 chip (NDP = Neural Decision Processor), from Syntiant achieves industry leading ultra-low power […]

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Bowers & Wilkins 3D audio Soundbar

By Joe Murray / March 17, 2022
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Bowers & Wilkins have recently announced the release of a brand new Soundbar, the Panorama 3. For a company that’s primary focus is audio quality over use, the new soundbar comes with all the essential features that you would expect on a basic Soundbar with the Bluetooth codecs aptX Adaptive, and AAC offering Bluetooth quality […]

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Samsung’s 2022 NEO QLED TVs eliminate the need for a Dolby Atmos soundbar

By Peter Cooney / March 16, 2022
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Samsung smart TV is finally adding Dolby ATMOS for its new 2022 line up. Samsung has been one of the few smart TV brands that did not promote Dolby ATMOS as it has home grown 3D audio technology called OTS (Object Tracking Sound).  It looks like Samsung has changed their marketing strategy to add Dolby […]

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Patent published for piezo MEMS microphone by AAC Technologies 

By Peter Cooney / March 9, 2022
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This piezo MEMS Microphone patent was filed back in 2020 and was granted 1 March 2022. “The invention provides a piezoelectric micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) microphone includes a base with a cavity and a piezoelectric diaphragm arranged on the base.” Right now, this appears to be the only significant competitor device to Vesper MEMS products.   Whether […]

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Sonos Roam SL drops the mic with a $159 price tag and all the portability   

By Peter Cooney / March 2, 2022
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Recent Sonos Roam SL release from Sonos is quite interesting in two ways.  The first point is that the new Sonos Roam SL drops the built-in microphone meaning it is also dropping the voice assistant feature. The second point is that by dropping the built-in microphone, the Sonos Roam SL will also drop Sonos Trueplay.  […]

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