A system claiming to be a single stop for all streaming audio needs has been announced by Texas Instruments. Based on the Sitara AM335x processor, this processor allows 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.
Also integrated is TI’s WiLink 8 combo connectivity solution which provides high-performance Wi-Fi and Bluetooth / Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity with state-of-the-art coexistence. A 2x2 MIMO and maximum ratio combining (MRC) receiver enables Wi-Fi performance and extended range, whilst Wi-Fi Direct and multi-role capabilities enable simultaneous connectivity to the network and peer-to-peer streaming on different channels. The Bluetooth SIG-qualified dual-mode Bluetooth and BLE stack supports an extensive list of profiles, and the Aureus audio DSPs can be integrated into high-end streaming devices that require support for Dolby Digital and DTS decode algorithms. This enables the addition of custom audio post-processing.
Users can also integrate TI’s AIC3206 audio codec for audio out and TPS650250 power management IC to minimize overall system power consumption. The system is compatible with TI’s Sitara Linux SDK for easy programming, which will include an add-on for AirPlay later in 1H2014.
TI’s system solution provides a one-stop shop for streaming audio applications, helping customers reduce time to market and reduce production costs and risk:
TI’s full audio streaming solution enables consumers to connect all their portable or home connected audio devices that support AirPlay and DLNA. TI’s offering is the first versatile system solution to support AirPlay, enabling streaming audio content from an iOS device to remote speakers or a TV. In addition, DLNA support enables streaming between devices supporting Android, Windows and OS X operating systems. Popular Internet radio services are also supported.
TI will be exhibiting this system at CES.Experience the solution with TI at CES 2014.