Building on Wolfson’s ultra-low power silicon hardware platforms, the Company has partnered with several world-leading companies to expand Wolfson’s HD Audio solutions and offers customers a variety of different options to differentiate their products across the tiers.
Wolfson & Waves
Wolfson has partnered with Waves Audio, a world-leading developer of software-based audio signal processing tools, to port its MaxxAudio® Mobile sound processing software onto Wolfson’s WM0011 audio digital signal processor (DSP). This solution helps to bring exceptional audio quality and extended playback time to laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
The partnership integrates Waves MaxxAudio® Mobile sound processing tools, which are based on the same professional tools used in recording studios the world over, onto Wolfson’s advanced WM0011 audio digital signal processor (DSP) to achieve high quality music playback; rich, clear audio that matches the 1080p graphics when watching movies; and dramatically enhanced audio performance from the small speakers of a portable device, while preserving battery life.
Wolfson’s WM0011 dramatically improves audio playback time by enabling the device to manage all audio processing algorithms efficiently and autonomously, allowing the host processor to ‘sleep’ for up to seven out of eight seconds of audio. The WM0011 provides a rich portfolio of audio processing options that can be integrated into a device with no additional software development.
Waves Audio, a recipient of a technical GRAMMY® award, utilises their professional audio processing heard on countless hit records, major motion pictures and top-selling video games, on mobile devices in the form of MaxxAudio® Mobile, delivering outstanding audio performance whether users are watching a movie, listening to music, playing a game online, or using voice communication, enabling users to hear sound the way it was meant to be heard.
For more information on Waves Audio, visit http://www.waves.com
Wolfson & Sensory
Wolfson has partnered with Sensory, a leader in speech technology for consumer products, which has provided its TrulyHandsfree™ Voice Control solution for Wolfson’s Ez2 control™ software feature to deliver “always on” voice control for smartphones and other devices at ultra-low power, removing the need for physical button-push activation as required in current voice control applications.
This solution is fully compatible with the Android Operating System to ensure there is no loss of functionality while working at ultra-low power. Wolfson’s Ez2 control™ software feature supports over 40 country languages, and could be adopted, along with Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™ solution, by any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) looking to integrate sophisticated voice control features into devices. Crucially, it could prove far quicker and easier to integrate than a button-activated system, such as voice-activated controls in vehicles.
Traditionally, power consumption has been a barrier to complete hands-free voice control applications because ‘always on’ solutions were unfeasible, due to the high current drain from the battery by the application processor. However, Wolfson’s Ez2 control™ requires five times less power to run than existing market solutions. This makes it suitable to keep running in the background, always listening and waiting for a pre-programmed trigger word that will launch the full application and enable complete voice control functionality without any physical interaction.
For more information on Sensory, visit: http://www.sensoryinc.com
Wolfson & Elliptic Labs
Wolfson has partnered with Elliptic Labs, a leader in ultrasonic touchless gesturing for consumer electronics devices, to port its ultrasonic gesture control solution onto Wolfson’s ADSP platform, designed for smartphones and tablets.
For more information on Elliptic Labs, visit: http://www.ellipticlabs.com
Fortemedia’s ForteVoice™ software is now available on Wolfson’s ADSP platform, the lowest power high definition (HD) Audio Hub solution on the market.
Wolfson’s partnership with Fortemedia brings innovative new experiences to smartphone and tablet manufacturers and users, utilising Fortemedia’s advanced multi-microphone voice processing technology.
Increasingly, consumers are using their devices in hands-free, or speakerphone mode in noisy environments, and Fortemedia delivers industry-leading performance in such circumstances, using two or more concurrent microphones. This technology enables seamless voice communication in many challenging real life situations, suppressing external noise to enable natural voice call conversations, whether the user is in a car, a busy street or a crowded restaurant.
For more information on Fortemedia, visit http://www.fortemedia.com