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Audio formats for appliance apps

Posted: 03 Jan 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:audio solutions  appliances  portable audio players 

Today's appliances finally have the ability to incorporate the higher-end audio solutions typically reserved for only the highest of high end appliances. Thanks to the reduction in the price/performance ratio, algorithms typically handled by specialized ASICs or high end microprocessors, are now possible with 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers with headroom to spare for additional machine control tasks. High-end audio has also come into the mainstream feasibility by piggybacking on the volumes associated with the numerous MP3 and other portable audio players.

The adoption of audio is enhanced by the trend of appliances with more sophisticated user interfaces that have among other things, LCD displays, touch screens and touch panels. With these additional upgrades in the users visual experience, sounds such as tones, dings, and buzzers do not often fit the overall user experience.

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