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Stellantis Implements Multifaceted Semiconductor Strategy to Ensure Supply Security, Drive Innovation

By Peter Cooney / July 20, 2023
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​​In a bid to stave off further automotive supply chain issues, automotive group Stellantis has entered into agreements with leading semiconductor vendors such as Infineon, NXP, onsemi and Qualcomm to purchase more than €10 billion worth of products through 2030. Stellantis cites SiC MOSFETS, MCUs and SoCs as some vital products included in the deal. It’s linked to […]

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Qualcomm S3 Gen 2 Sound Platform Portfolio

By Peter Cooney / July 4, 2023
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​​Qualcomm has announced an update to the Qualcomm S3 Gen 2 Sound platform portfolio, which is optimised for gaming. Latency is perhaps the biggest issue that is holding back widespread adoption of Bluetooth for gaming, many vendors continue to rely on proprietary RF to ensure latency is minimised. SAR Insight has talked about this many times. […]

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Knowles Balanced Armatures Pack High-Fidelity Punch into 21-Driver UE PREMIER IEM

By Peter Cooney / June 27, 2023
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Ultimate Ears’ recent UE Premier in-ear monitor (IEM) headphones boast an impressive 21 drivers per earpiece, “to deliver a signature sound with unparalleled fidelity, control and precision”. It is the trend to add more and more drivers (speakers) to IEM earbuds, but SAR has not seen anything quite so dramatic as 21 per earbud before. On closer inspection […]

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AI in Consumer Devices

By Joe Murray / June 22, 2023
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​It has been announced that Wimbledon will team up with IBM to produce AI-generated commentary. Within the last year, AI has been at the forefront of the news with new stories out every week on the latest developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence which has been driven by the introduction of Transformer neural networks […]

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Windows 11 Adds Bluetooth LE Audio Support

By Peter Cooney / May 25, 2023
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This announcement demonstrates that Bluetooth LE Audio is soon to become mainstream. It’s addition to the Windows 11 will bring this to a very wide audience and allow new Bluetooth LE Audio enabled peripheral devices, such as TWS earbuds, to connect to millions of Windows PCs. SAR expects the number of Bluetooth LE Audio enabled […]

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Synaptics Showcases AI-Enabled Vega Technology

By Peter Cooney / May 25, 2023
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The latest announcement by Synaptics of its Vega Technology trackpad solution shows that major progress is being made by leading trackpad module vendors to drive haptics into laptops. As detailed in our report on Haptics in Computing haptics enabled trackpads are expected to be widely adopted across high end laptops and Synaptics is one of several module […]

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Head Acoustics offers LE Audio testing environment

By Joe Murray / May 24, 2023
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​Head Acoustics has updated its solutions to support testing of the new Bluetooth LE Audio protocol. LE Audio, while it was announced in January 2020, it is only just come to market in the past year or so. One issue for companies adopting this technology into their portfolio of headphones is the risk of negative […]

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Panasonic Avionics to partner with HEAR360 to bring Spatial Audio to the air

By Peter Cooney / May 10, 2023
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There is a lot of buzz in audio markets about ‘spatial audio’ at the moment and many companies are opting to benefit from the boost in interest by offering some iteration of the concept. If you’re not familiar, the biggest player within this market is Dolby Atmos, others include  Sony 360 Reality Audio which is based […]

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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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SoundHound Announces Chat AI For Automotive Voice Assistant

By Joe Murray / May 10, 2023
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SoundHound AI has recently announced a new in-car AI assistant that combined AI generative abilities with modern voice assistant features allowing for a smoother and more relatable experience when communicating with the system. The new algorithm combines multiple platforms and search engines to ensure that only the most reliant answer is given, helping to combat […]

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