XMOS announce xCORE-Audio Hi-Res and Live

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Written by: EPS Global Avatar 7/5/2015
XMOS, the leader in intelligent multicore microcontrollers, has today announced the launch and first customer shipments, of its new xCORE-AUDIOTM processor family. Delivering bit-perfect audio across a rich set of audiophile and professional interfaces, xCORE-AUDIO processors are designed to meet the demands of both high-resolution consumer audio and complex multichannel professional audio applications. Two product lines are announced:

·        xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res, targeting the emerging market for stereo high resolution USB headphone amplifiers, DACs and AVR systems;
·        xCORE-AUDIO Live, which supports prosumer and professional audio applications including DJ kits, mixing, audio content creation and conferencing.
The xCORE-AUDIO is built on the performance leading XMOS xCORE-200TM multicore microcontroller processor technology, with the stereo Hi-Res-2 sampling now to first customers. The first xCORE-AUDIO Live products will follow in April 2015.
Announcing the new product families, Nigel Toon, CEO of XMOS said, "Our xCORE-AUDIO processors deliver outstanding audio performance. The demand for high-resolution audio content for consumption on the move, and the complexities of creating the same content in the studio and concert hall, are well served by our class-leading USB 2.0 and networked audio solutions. By selecting output formats from our rich audio I/O libraries, and using multicore power to implement complex DSP functions, XMOS delivers professional audio solutions at consumer prices."
XMOS has sampled lead customers with xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res chips and development boards.
"With XMOS already powering our award-winning family of audiophile Blu-ray players and headphone amplifiers, we are very excited to be one of the first customers to receive the new xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res devices," said Jason Liao, CTO and VP Product Development of Oppo Digital, Inc. "The unmatched combination of bit-perfect USB audio, advanced output formats, sample rates of up to 384kHz and beyond, marks xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res as an outstanding contribution to the high-resolution audio market"
"The xCORE-AUDIO family of processors continues XMOS' tradition of innovation in the USB audio space," commented Richard Hollinshead, Director of Engineering for Meridian Audio. "Bit-perfect, asynchronous USB audio results in an outstanding listening experience. xCORE-AUDIO will deliver that audiophile experience into consumer markets, and we welcome these additions to the XMOS product family."
Samples of xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res 2 support:
·        USB 2.0 (Full-speed and High-speed), USB Audio Class 1.0, USB Audio Class 2.0, USB Firmware Upgrade (DFU) 1.1.
·        I2S, DSD and SPDIF output formats.
·        44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz sample rates.
·        Broad range of host platforms supported including:
o   Made For iPhone support including role switch and External Accessory Framework.
o   Android device, Windows PC, and Apple OSX support
·        Small-footprint 64pin TQFP packages and 128pin TQFP packages available.
If you would like to find out more about xCORE-Audio or the xCORE-200 range, you can contact us here.

About XMOS
XMOS is an innovative fabless semiconductor company with its headquarters and main development center in Bristol, UK, plus a second development center in Chennai, India. The company has sales office and distributors supporting customers around the globe.
The companies xCORETM and xCORE-200TM multicore microcontrollers allow engineers to create the exact hardware system needed for their application, all in software. This makes xCORE the ideal programmable platform for demanding embedded applications in audio, automotive, consumer, industrial and robotics applications. The xCORE-AUDIO processors deliver class-leading, industry proven, XMOS USB and networked audio expertise in a low-cost format.

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