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Sony and Honda’s “Afeela” car showcases automotive’s high-tech future

By Peter Cooney / July 20, 2023
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This release highlights several high-level trends in automotive. Traditional car makers are coming up against more competition from consumer electronics brands. The smart ones will seek partnerships to remain relevant and to help them catapult ahead of the competition. These partnerships will involve multiple different types of company car OEMs, consumer electronics brands and semiconductor […]

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Sunplus and WiSA Technologies Partner to Enable Cost-Effective Atmos Soundbar Applications up to 7.1.4 Configurations

By Peter Cooney / June 22, 2023
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​​​This partnership between WiSA and Sunplus is significant as it speeds up development of Dolby Atmos soundbars by providing what the two stakeholders call the SPA300 SoC Software Development Kit. The development kit leverages WiSA’s expertise in immersive sound technology. There are several brands that supply WiSA certified equipment. The partnership between WiSA and Sunplus should […]

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Qualcomm Open to Working With PlayStation on Handheld System

By Peter Cooney / June 22, 2023
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​​While this news story isn’t very enlightening it does lead to some more interesting thoughts on the handheld gaming market. The announcement of Sony’s Project Q, which is a handheld device “for playing games installed on your PS5 and streamed over WiFi”. Project Q is Sony’s answer to compete in the growing handheld gaming market, dominated […]

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Sony Music chief talks streaming, short-form, gaming and AI in investor presentation

By Peter Cooney / May 25, 2023
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​Recently there has been coverage of Sony Music CEO, Rob Stringer, making comments on the current state of play for music streaming. As hi-res audio is an area we cover in our Audio Software & IP Service, I thought that this highlights some interesting discussion. Stringer suggests that most streaming services are “watered down by […]

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Infineon Breaks Ground on 300-mm Fab in Dresden

By Peter Cooney / May 10, 2023
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The USA and Europe are spending $/€ billions to re-establish a thriving semiconductor manufacturing industry after decades of underfunding and a self-defeating focus on driving manufacturing abroad in the pursuit of short-term profit. Some forward-thinking semiconductor vendors, such as Infineon, have continued to invest in “local” manufacturing and it is now able to accelerate its […]

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Xiaomi and QQ Music teamed up with Savitech’s LHDC 5.0 to wirelessly release “master tape level” 24bit/192kHz audio quality

By Peter Cooney / May 10, 2023
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This is an interesting story as it demonstrates the importance on hi-res audio in China. Here we see the coming together of a major brand, a major audio streaming service and an audio codec vendor, to help drive hi-res audio to the consumer. QQ audio is one of China’s most popular audio streaming services and has supported […]

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Will Apple abandon button design change?

By Peter Cooney / April 26, 2023
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​This article and its source refer to rumours that the iPhone 15 Pro will abandon its use of a solid state button with haptic feedback. The use of this type of virtual button has been expected for a few years and SAR discussed this in its haptics focused research. If the rumours are true, this will lead […]

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Google ends updates and effectively kills third-party assistant smart displays

By Peter Cooney / April 13, 2023
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​The news from sources that Google will be ending software updates for Google assistant on third-party smart display devices is hardly surprising. According to 9to5Google, Google will be halting all updates for its assistant on Lenovo, JBL and LG smart display devices. It’s important to note that these devices will still continue to function with […]

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PSB Speakers, Sonical and MQA announce partnership to create next-generation headphones

By Peter Cooney / March 29, 2023
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This is another story about the use of UWB for audio streaming, this time with a few more companies added to the mix. Sonical is central to this, offering its CosmOS for use in PSB Speakers’ headphone (due Q1, 2024). Also included is AntennaWare‘s UWB antenna and Qorvo UWB radio chip. MQA has also jumped […]

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ST Strengthens position in the TWS sensor market

By Joe Murray / March 28, 2023
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STMicroelectronics has announced its latest headphone-focused UI chip, the LSM6DSV16BX, an integrated product that is intended to replace 2 or more components in a TWS device. This combines 3-axis wide band accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope with an audio accelerometer, electrostatic sensor (Qvar) and processing. It enables multiple functions needed in many TWS devices: Bone conduction for voice activity detection […]

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