|Publication: EDN Magazine|
Contributor: Synopsys, Inc.
August 7, 2012 -- As consumer devices such as tablets, media players and home-theater systems continue to incorporate more audio functionality, the systems-on-chip (SOCs) designed for these devices become more complex. These SOCs must support a growing list of audio requirements such as a wider range of high-definition audio-compression formats, multi-channel audio content, higher sampling rates and advanced audio post-processing functions.
In addition to the DSP audio processor, audio SOCs need seamlessly integrated analog codecs to provide connections for microphone, line, headphone and speakers, as well as digital peripherals. To deliver the necessary features, designers need to integrate more IP into the SOCs, and they need to do it with fewer resources, smaller budgets, and shorter project schedules.
Innovations in IP integration have traditionally been focused on the hardware aspects, but what really drives system complexity is the software. For audio applications, the software stack needs to support the latest audio standards from companies such as Dolby Laboratories, SRS Labs, DTS and Microsoft, as well as open-source formats like Ogg/ Vorbis and FLAC. All of these software components must be integrated in a media-streaming framework and then into the application software running on the host processor.
By Henk Hamoen. (Hamoen is Senior Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys, Inc.)
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.
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|Keywords: ASICs, ASIC design, FPGAs, field programmable gate arrays, FPGA design, EDA, EDA tools, electronic design automation, IP, intellectual property, cores, audio processing, Synopsys, EDN Magazine, |
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