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Processors suit consumer & professional audio applications

24th March 2015
Siobhan O'Gorman

Designed to meet the demands of both high-resolution consumer audio and complex multichannel professional audio applications, the xCORE-AUDIO processor family has been introduced by XMOS. The family includes the xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res-2 and the xCORE-AUDIO Live, both of which are based on the company’s xCORE-200 MCU processor technology. 

The xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res-2 targets the emerging market for stereo high resolution USB headphone amplifiers, DACs and AVR systems, while the xCORE-AUDIO Live supports consumer and professional audio applications including DJ kits, mixing, audio content creation and conferencing.

The xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res-2 is sampling now and supports USB 2.0, and I2S, DSD and SPDIF output formats. Sample rates include 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8 and 384kHz. Available in 64pin TQFP packages and 128pin TQFP packages, the processor supports Windows, Mac OS X, Apple iOS and Android. To speed time-to-market, XMOS have also introduced an xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res 2 development board. The first xCORE-AUDIO Live products will be available in April 2015.

Nigel Toon, CEO, 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 USB 2.0 and networked audio solutions. By selecting output formats from our audio I/O libraries and using multicore power to implement complex DSP functions, XMOS delivers professional audio solutions at consumer prices.”

“With XMOS already powering our family of audiophile Blu-ray players and headphone amplifiers, we are very excited to be one of the first customers to receive the xCORE-AUDIO Hi-Res devices,” commented Jason Liao, CTO and Vice President, Product Development, Oppo Digital. “The 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”

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