SMSC launches wireless audio processor for consumer audio, gaming

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - January 09, 2012

The DARR84 wireless audio processor from SMSC is for companies integrating Wi-Fi and Bluetooth into their consumer electronics products, including gaming headphones and headsets, VOIP and high-end audio applications.

SMSC has announced the availability its fully integrated and advanced wireless audio processor, the DARR84, for delivering uncompressed wireless multichannel and multipoint audio with tri-band support for consumer audio and gaming applications.  

This device is the latest in SMSC’s KleerNet family (a complete hardware and software solution that enables wireless audio in home and portable consumer electronics products and features interoperability across products and brands) of low latency, low power wireless audio solutions. The DARR84 is available now and is production ready.

The DARR84 integrates a 24-bit audio DAC, headphone amplifier, ADC microphone amplifier and an analog audio input to reduce the overall solution costs. A key differentiating features of this wireless audio processor is the ability to mix game audio with chat, all while reducing system BOM requirements through the integration of multiple front end audio interfaces.

The higher integration of the DARR84 is also suited for developing high quality speaker products for home theatre applications, such as wireless front/rear speakers and multi-channel sound bars with a sub-woofer. The DARR84 wireless audio processor from SMSC is aimed at companies integrating Wi-Fi and Bluetooth into their consumer electronics products, including gaming headphones and headsets, VOIP and high-end audio applications.  Its support of 2.4, 5.2 and 5.8 GHz frequency bands allows it to seamlessly coexist with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n standards, which minimizes the impact of Wi-Fi on wireless audio as well as the impact of the wireless audio on Wi-Fi throughput.

The DARR84’s digital audio transmission technology enables detection and correction of transmission errors before they reach the listening device using SMSC's specialized Wireless (DNA) Detect 'n Avoid RF monitoring techniques for high quality audio transmission and management of interference commonly associated with other RF devices such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microwave ovens.  The DARR84 also has an integrated SRC, making it easy to support multiple audio sampling rates.  SMSC’s DWLC84 and DWHS84 reference designs enable the development of speakers and sound bars with a variety of options to reduce total BOM costs and to deliver high quality gaming headsets at attractive consumer price points.  

“Wireless audio gaming is a hot consumer market where headset technology that can support alternating game audio and voice chat for up to 4 players is an exciting prospect. With our ready-to-go reference design and compatible KleerNet interoperable software, we are enabling our customers to offer robust audio quality headsets and headphones at attractive consumer price points,” said Jordan Watters, SMSC’s Vice President, Marketing and Business Development.

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