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GreenWaves’ GAP9 processor for hearables and smart sensors

By SeongCheol_Jang / July 25, 2022
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GreenWaves’ ultra low power processor is gaining interest from the market especially in the smart portable audio devices such as TWS earbuds, etc.  GreenWaves is a fabless semiconductor company found in 2014 and their headquarter is located France.  GAP8 was GreenWaves’ first generation low power processor introduced in 2018. GAP9 is second generation processor after […]

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The domestic TWS chip maker Zhongke Lanxun goes public

By SeongCheol_Jang / July 19, 2022
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Zhongke Lanxun (also known as Bluetrum) recently went to public after Actions Semiconductor. Zhongke Lanxan is a Shenzhen, China based fabless company focused on developing TWS earbuds SoCs.  Bluetrum’s TWS SoC chips can be found mostly on a mid-to-low tier TWS earbuds and one of their main business is white-label market.  Bluetrum’s chips can be […]

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SAR publishes its IC Platforms & Components in TWS market report

By SeongCheol_Jang / July 19, 2022
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SAR recently published ‘IC Platforms & Components in TWS’ market BRIEF.  In this BRIEF, SAR does a deep dive into TWS earbuds hardware, analyzing the system architecture as well as other components inside.  Component vendors participating in the TWS earbuds are reviewed and analysed.  This BRIEF covers the IC platforms & components in TWS earbuds […]

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Endel collaborates with Sony to bring audio wellness to Sony’s LinkBuds series

By Peter Cooney / May 30, 2022
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This is an interesting example of how 3rd party app developers can build new solutions, working in collaboration with TWS device vendors. In this case app developer Endel (Germany) appears to be using the Sony Linkbuds microphones to understand context, e.g. is a person situated in an office, in a park, etc., from this it […]

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Google shares Pixel Buds Pro international details: Countries, prices, and color availability

By SeongCheol_Jang / May 24, 2022
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At this year’s Google I/O, a new TWS earbuds has been announced. The newly announced Pixel Buds Pro is Google’s first TWS earbuds with ANC. The previous version, Pixel Buds 2, was based on TWS SoC from Bestechnic (BES2300) and it is quite interesting to see which TWS IC platforms are used for Pixel Buds […]

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MEMS speakers are replacing balanced armature speakers

By SeongCheol_Jang / May 16, 2022
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MEMS speakers are about to appear in actual consumer products, especially in small form factor devices such as TWS earbuds and headphones. Efforts are also on the way to enable MEMS speakers in a larger form factor devices such as TVs, etc.  USound is one of the leading companies in the MEMS speaker area and […]

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Bosch barometric pressure sensor raises the bar for accuracy and performance in mobile devices

By Peter Cooney / April 14, 2022
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This press release caught my eye as it demonstrates a few interesting trends. Firstly, this is a radically different type of component, Bosch has transitioned from a piezo based to a capacitive MEMS based sensor, which has enabled it to reduce power drain and increase accuracy significantly. It seems most likely that this component will […]

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JLab’s new JBuds Air Pro earbuds surprising value and features

By SeongCheol_Jang / April 13, 2022
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California based audio company JLab is releasing a new TWS earbuds that cost less than 1/3 of Apple Airpods or other premium brand’s TWS earbuds.   One of the interesting points of the new Air Pro earbuds from JLab is its battery life with 32 hours of listening time which is about 30% more than the […]

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MediaTek is getting ready to spin off its Airoha subsidiary

By SeongCheol_Jang / April 13, 2022
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In the past several years, Airoha became quite successful in Bluetooth audio related markets and more recently, it has had significant success in the TWS earbuds market, with customers including Sony, Beats by Apple, JBL by Harman, Skullcandy and Xiaomi.  Qualcomm’s once large dominant position in the Bluetooth headset market (through its CSR acquisition) has […]

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Syntiant raises $55 million, ships 20 million+ chips

By SeongCheol_Jang / 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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