Conexant today announces a new high-end HD audio codec for notebooks, ultrabooks and tablets. The CX8200 features a fully-integrated Class-D smart amplifier with real-time speaker sensing and protection. The chip offers programmable hardware 14-band equalizer and dynamic range compression blocks. An increasingly required feature for audio codecs is the inclusion of voice wakeup and recognition. All of today's Android devices voice wakeup capabilities are enabled by specialized audio codec ICs such as from Qualcomm or Cirrus Logic (Formerly Wolfson Microelectronics). The CX8200 is able to check this feature-box and satisfies Google requirements for Chromebook integration as well as support for Intel Automatic Speech Recognition. The codec is able to use a proprietary ‘SoftAware’ link to interconnect amplifier hardware sensors with software algorithms. The dataflow between...

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