Next-generation dual-mode Bluetooth® audio products from Microchip

by donpedro

Microchip announces the next generation of dual-mode Bluetooth® audio products.  The IS206X family builds on Microchip’s successful IS202X portfolio of highly integrated System-on-a-Chip (SoC) devices and modules by introducing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capability.  Uniquely engineered for speakers, headsets and gaming headphones, this flash-based platform offers ample flexibility and powerful design features, allowing audio manufacturers to easily incorporate wireless connectivity in streaming music and voice-command applications.

MC1338---Bluetooth-Audio-hiA high-performance 32-bit Digital Signal Processing (DSP) core provides the framework to develop sophisticated algorithms for advanced audio and voice processing. The 24-bit digital audio support delivers high-resolution audio to consumers for a richer listening experience.  Sound systems comprised of multiple Bluetooth speakers benefit from ultra-low latency audio streaming, resulting in tightly synchronised audio playback amongst each speaker. Applications such as professional headsets benefit from high-definition voice, achieved with a robust implementation of 16 kHz wideband voice with noise suppression and echo cancellation.  The added firmware update capability allows for product software and configuration features enhancements over time.

Qualified for Bluetooth v4.2, the IS206X family supports Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) links and the standard audio profiles. The powerful combination of BLE and Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) enables smartphone-to-speaker communication via a mobile app. Customised apps enrich the consumer’s experience by providing creative control features such as pairing, remote control and real-time audio-effect adjustments.

The IS206X family is available in several offerings, allowing customers to tailor their wireless needs.  For designs that require a turn-key solution for fast time-to-market, customers can take advantage of the chip’s powerful features by choosing a module configuration with either a Class 1 or a Class 2 device. All modules are fully certified with the following regulatory bodies: United States (FCC) and Canada (IC), European Economic Area (CE), Korea (KCC), Taiwan (NCC) and Japan (MIC).

Key Facts:

  • IS206X family of SoC devices deliver superior sound quality in high-end headsets, speakers, and sound bars
  • IS206X-based modules offer turn-key solutions for Class 1 or Class 2 devices
  • Qualification for Bluetooth v4.2 and certification to global standards eases compliance
  • Supports ultra-low latency audio streaming and high-definition voice-command applications
  • On-chip BLE and A2DP enable smartphone-to-speaker communication via a mobile app.
  • Firmware updates support product software and configuration enhancements over time

Microchip also introduced three Evaluation Boards for the IS206x family in order to enable easy development: The BM-62-EVB, priced at $99.99; BM-63-EVB at $124.99; BM-64-EVB-C2 at $124.99; and BM-64-EVB-C1 at $124.99 are all available today.

In production are a total of 10 devices, three IS206X devices in volume production in 7×7 LGA or 8×8 LGA packages and a total of seven unshielded or shielded, Class 1 or Class 2, modules are also in volume production.

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