Texas Instruments (TI) is offering a new solution for streaming audio to help customers accelerate time to market when building streaming audio applications including portable speakers, sound bars, audio video receivers (AVRs) and connectivity modules that enable OEMs to add connectivity to any set of speakers.
The system solution provides a one-stop shop for streaming audio applications, helping customers reduce time to market and reduce production costs and risk. It is based on the Sitara AM335x processor, a scalable ARM Cortex-A8-based solution that offers broad market support. With 300 MHz to 1 GHz performance, the AM335x processor from TI supports 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.
TI’s WiLink 8 combo connectivity solution is integrated into the streaming audio solution to provide high-performance Wi-Fi and Bluetooth / Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity with state-of-the-art coexistence.
Aureus high-performance audio DSPs can be integrated into high-end streaming devices that require support for Dolby Digital and DTS decode algorithms and enable the addition of custom audio post-processing.
Customers can also integrate TI’s AIC3206 audio codec for audio out and TPS650250 power management integrated circuit to minimize overall system power consumption.
The solution is also intended to be is compatible with TI’s Sitara Linux software development kit (SDK) for easy programming, which will include an add-on for AirPlay later in 1H2014.
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.