Las Vegas, Nev. − Texas Instruments (TI) offers a comprehensive system solution for streaming audio in home or portable applications. The integrated and optimized solution is designed to help customers accelerate time to market for applications such as portable speakers, sound bars, audio video receivers (AVRs) and connectivity modules that enable OEMs to add connectivity to any set of speakers.
The full audio streaming solution enables consumers to connect all their portable or home connected audio devices that support AirPlay and DLNA. TI is showcasing the streaming audio solution live at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The system is based on the Sitara AM335x processor, a scalable ARM Cortex-A8-based solution that offers broad market support, said TI. The AM335x processor offers 300 MHz to 1 GHz performance, and enables implementation of multiple streaming protocols like AirPlay and DLNA as well as proprietary audio post-processing protocols on a single chip. It can also be used as the applications host processor. This enables OEMs to use fewer chips and lower costs while getting increased functionality, said TI.
The TI WiLink 8 combo connectivity solution is integrated into the streaming audio solution to provide high-performance Wi-Fi and Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity. Wi-Fi performance and extended range are enabled by 2×2 MIMO and maximum ratio combining (MRC) receiver. Wi-Fi Direct and multi-role capabilities enable simultaneous connectivity to the network and peer-to-peer streaming on different channels, said TI.
Aureus high-performance audio DSPs can be integrated into high-end streaming devices that require support for Dolby Digital and DTS decode algorithms and enable the addition of custom audio post-processing. In addition, TI’s AIC3206 audio codec for audio out and TPS650250 power management IC can be integrated to minimize overall system power consumption.
This solution is compatible with TI’s Sitara Linux software development kit (SDK) for easy programming, which will include an add-on for AirPlay later in 1H2014, said TI.
Availability: All components of the streaming audio system solution, including the Sitara AM335x processors, WiLink 8 connectivity solution, power management IC, audio codec and Aureus high-performance audio processors, are available now. For more information about integrating AirPlay on your system, please contact email@example.com.