NXP accelerates MFi accessory development

NXP Semiconductors has introduced the MFA100 digital audio streaming device – the first application-specific standard product (ASSP) for MFi accessories (Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad) using Lightning connectors. A development kit featuring the MFA100 – an IC designed specifically for digital auto streaming applications – is now available via the Avnet MFi Procurement website.

Using the MFA100 development kit, MFi licensees can design audio streaming accessories such as audio docks, headphones and FM modulators quickly using the compact 8-pin Lightning connector, which replaces the previous 30-pin connector.

The MFA100 device handles USB to I2S audio streaming; battery charging of iPod, iPhone and iPad; and up to 14 remote control button functions.

“Lightning connectors offer a significant improvement over the previous generation, both in terms of size and flexibility. The MFA100 digital audio streaming development kit enables audio accessory designers to quickly incorporate Lightning connectors into their products, taking advantage of NXP’s expertise in both interface and mobile audio technology,” said Dave French, executive vice president of R&D and general manager, Portable and Computing business unit, NXP Semiconductors.

The MFA100 is the first NXP device specifically designed for MFi end products, with additional devices planned for release before the end of the year.



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