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April 21, 2009

SMIC, Dolphin to release new generation digital-to-analog audio converters

With power consumption 6.9 mW in playback mode, it targets portable media player applications

By CBR Staff Writer

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Dolphin Integration, a provider of virtual components for audio applications, have partnered for the release of the latest generation of digital-to-analog audio converters that, utilizing Dolphin’s expertise, feature ultra-low power consumption.

Through this strategic alliance, the two companies affirm their willingness to ally their abilities in both design and fabrication in order to offer solutions to their common customers in mature processes.

According to Dolphin Integration, the new shDAC95-Helium digital-to-analog converter from Dolphin, in SMIC’s 0.11um and 0.13um technological processes, is now available under this agreement, and offers power consumption as low as 6.9mW in playback mode and a signal-to-noise ratio as high as 95dB, marking it particularly useful for portable media player applications requiring high sound quality and long playback capability. Further products are in development.

Henry Liu, senior director of design services of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), said: We are enthusiastic about this alliance declared. As a leading foundry that is recognized worldwide, we wanted the benefit of relying on Dolphin’s robust audio virtual components for providing customers with the best performance mix for high volume system on chips.

Dolphin Integration is engaged in Microelectronics and enable mixed signal Systems-on-Chip with a quality management stimulating reactivity for innovation. The company aims to supply customers with fault-free, high-yield and reliable sets of CMOS Virtual Components, resilient to noise and drastic for low power-consumption, together with engineering assistance and product evolutions customized to their needs. 

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