A Single Chip Solution Delivering Audiophile Quality Sound to Headphones
FREMONT, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 7, 2015 — ESS Technology, a leading provider of high performance audio/video solutions, today announces the SABRE9018Q2C, a 32-Bit Stereo DAC with Headphone Amplifier and ultra-low THD output switch in a compact, 5mm x 5mm package for mobile applications.
The SABRE9018Q2C System-On-a Chip (SOC) delivers an unprecedented performance level of 121dB SNR, -115dB THD+N, at up to 49mW into 32Ω headphones making it ideal for portable products such as mobile phones, tablets, and digital music players.
Using an internal charge pump, the SABRE9018Q2C SOC operates from a single +3.3V supply to produce ground-referenced headphone outputs, eliminating pops and clicks as well as the need for large DC blocking capacitors. The ultra-low THD output switch connects headphones directly to the headphone amplifier or to auxiliary inputs for either voice communications or an alternate music source. The on-board DAC use ESS’s 32-Bit HyperStream® architecture that handles up to 32-Bit 384kHz PCM data via SLIMBus, I2S, or DSD-11.2MHz data.
Robert Wong, vice-president of marketing and worldwide sales for ESS Technology, said, “Existing mobile audio systems require a separate DAC, Headphone Amplifier, and Audio Switch with severe performance degradation. We combined all three functions into a single chip with the SABRE9018Q2C while delivering the highest performance and no degradation all the way to headphones.”
The SABRE9018Q2C SOC is sampling now in a compact 40-QFN, 5mm x 5mm, package. For further information about samples, evaluation boards or product datasheets, please contact your local ESS Sales Representative.
About ESS Technology, Inc.
ESS Technology, Inc. designs and markets high-performance audio and video products for the consumer market.
ESS’s SABRE32 audio DAC series is the world’s highest performance 32-bit audio D/A converter solution, built upon the original SABRE audio DAC series first introduced in 2008. The SABRE32 and SABRE audio DACs have been designed into the world’s most prestigious consumer, audiophile, mobile and professional equipment including Blu-ray players, mobile phones, CD / SACD players, A/V preamps and digital audio workstations.
ESS’s products include the SABRE & SABRE32 series of HyperStream® audio DACs and ADCs, the Crescendo series of Sound Bar SoCs, Phoenix-III series of HD-Enhanced DVD Home Theater SoCs, 1080p Video Up-converter, and the DMPX Media Processor.
ESS is headquartered in Fremont, California, and has R&D, sales, and technical support offices worldwide. ESS Technology's web site address is: http://www.esstech.com.
ESS Technology, Inc.
Calto Wong, 510-492-1718
Director of Technical Marketing