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today announces its Multi-Function
Audio (MFA) platform, enabling designers to address the growing
demand from consumers and the music industry for higher audio quality
from their professional and audiophile products. A fully featured
reference design that provides the core USB audio capabilities required
in next-generation audio products, the MFA platform leverages XMOS
technology already in use by customers such as Meridian, OPPO,
Sennheiser and Sony.
"People are demanding higher quality music from their portable devices,
and xCORE multicore microcontrollers allow product developers to deliver
this," said Dr Paul Neil, VP Product Management, XMOS. "We are at one of
the music industry's periodic tipping points - new services and products
from players like Linn Records, B&O music service, PonoMusic and HD
Tracks are springing up to satisfy the pent-up demand for
high-resolution content. xCORE is the power behind this revolution - the de
facto standrd for USB audio in the professional market. Now
listeners can also use this technology to hear their content as the
Based on the xCORE XS1-U8-64 8-core multicore microcontroller, the MFA
is a fully featured USB Audio Class 2.0 reference design that makes it
easy for developers to quickly create great-sounding digital audio
products such as high-end speaker docks, headphone amps and audio DACs.
It is capable of PCM audio sample rates of up to 384kHz at 16, 24 and
32-bit resolution, Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and DSD-over-PCM (DoP)
formats, and USB B and A connectivity in USB device or host mode.
Developers can use the MFA platform to build products that exchange USB
audio with a wide range of source devices including Windows and Mac PCs,
portable music players, current and legacy Apple devices, and common
Android tablets and smartphones.
Because it is based on programmable xCORE technology, the MFA can easily
be customized with value-added features, while XMOS itself is constantly
upgrading the core platform capabilities via a rolling upgrade program.
Audio developers can therefore quickly create the exact combination of
connectivity and audio features they require by customizing the MFA
platform source code software via the industry-leading xTIMEcomposer
Studio tool suite.
Audiophiles have long considered the xCORE range of multicore
microcontrollers to provide an industry-leading solution for high-end
digital sound quality. The xCORE architecture, with its unique
combination of determinism, parallelism and extremely low latency, is
ideal for high-quality audio streaming. As such, XMOS devices are
already in use powering a huge range of audio products aimed at
discerning pro-audio listeners, including offerings from Advance
Acoustic, Behringer, Focusrite, HRT, Meridian, Musical Fidelity, Native
Instruments, Peachtree, PS Audio and Vestax.
"xCORE devices can be programmed to support a wide variety of streaming
formats, including asynchronous data transfer to ensure that jitter is
removed," added Dr Neil. "Beyond the technical specs, the bottom line is
that XMOS enables products that sound better. XMOS is known as the solution
for high quality audio. The Multi-Function Audio Reference Platform
leverages this pedigree, combining standard interfaces and audio
connectivity into a configurable solution for almost any type of audio
The XMOS Multi-Function Audio Platform is available immediately, with a
rolling program of firmware upgrades enhancing the feature set
throughout 2014 and 2015.
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XMOS is a young fabless semiconductor company based in Bristol, UK. The
wide range of xCORE multicore microcontrollers with Hardware-Response™
provide a unique combination of parallel multitasking, deterministic
performance, support from a large library of software-defined
peripherals, allowing you to meet your exact design requirements. This
makes xCORE multicore microcontrollers ideal for demanding embedded
applications in audio, automotive, consumer and industrial products,
where other microcontrollers struggle. XMOS provides xTIMEcomposer™
Studio, an easy to use development system, that makes it simple to
design complex embedded systems.
For more information please visit www.xmos.com
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