Rapidly develop Lightning headsets for iPhone, iPad and iPod, to deliver user experiences not possible with legacy analog headsets
BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Avnera Corporation, a leading supplier of Analog System on Chips (ASoC) for smart devices, announced today the availability of the LightX platform that is the basis for Apple's second generation MFi Lightning Audio Module (LAM2).
The Avnera LightX platform sets new standards in the industry with the lowest power consumption and the smallest size for smart Lightning headsets. This is made possible by Avnera's AV3425, the first single chip Analog SoC for smart Lightning headsets.
"The Lightning connector on iPhone, iPad and iPod has opened the opportunity for a new category of smart headsets which offers user experiences not previously possible with the analog 3.5mm connector," said Manpreet Khaira, CEO of Avnera Corporation. "The LightX platform will enable brands to develop highly disruptive headsets by combining IP developed by brands with Avnera breakthroughs in low power analog audio circuits and digital signal processing technologies."
"Previous solutions for developing smart Lightning headsets have resulted in headsets with much larger form factors and significantly higher power consumption than headsets with the legacy analog connector," said Khaira. "Avnera's new LightX platform offers not only the first complete system solution but also the first no-compromises solution for smart Lightning headsets."
No-compromises Lightning solution
Avnera's single chip ASoC allows the highest level of integration for a smart Lightning headset thereby enabling headset form factors consistent in size with typical analog headsets. The LightX platform also introduces for the first time Avnera's patent pending low power analog audio circuit technology that significantly reduces the power consumption of the Lightning headsets versus any existing solution.
Complete system solution for smart Lightning headsets
The LightX platform provides a complete system solution covering not just the smart headset but also the iOS App. On the headset side, a powerful SDK provides innovative smart features many of which will be first to the consumer headset market. For example: a new method of "Adaptive Noise Cancelation" allows significantly more cancelation than fixed noise cancelation solutions used by consumer headsets today by automatically calibrating to each users specific fit and to the environment and "Smart Muting" which automatically mutes the user's voice mics when the user is not speaking thereby minimizing the amount of noise disruption, especially during conference calls. The platform includes a complete array of development tools to allow brands to develop and implement their own IP, especially features requiring signal processing for audio, voice, speech and sensor capabilities.
"We are amazed by the compelling features that our headset partners are developing on the platform," said Khaira. "Some of these innovations are built into the headsets' companion iOS Apps, which allow a manufacturer to provide firmware upgrades, release new features and enhance the functionality of the headset after launch, a benefit not possible with analog headsets. We have worked hard to provide a framework to greatly accelerate and simplify the app development process."
About Avnera Corporation Avnera is a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company based in Beaverton, Oregon. Since 2004, Avnera has been designing Analog System-on-Chips, integrating breakthrough low-power analog circuits. As pioneers of Analog System on Chip (ASoC) technology, Avnera works closely with partners to transform markets. Over the last decade, Avnera delivered circuit and system innovations that have set a new bar in minimizing power consumption and footprint sizes. Avnera is funded by Altien Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Best Buy, DAG Ventures, Intel Capital, JAFCO Ventures, Onkyo, Panasonic Venture Group, Polycom and Redpoint Ventures. More information is available at www.avnera.com.