Thursday, March 30th, 2017

June 2016 – Video was not the only topic of discussion at the SMPTE ETCA event. Audio was also a key part of the conversations and discussions. Sound creates a great deal of the emotion of a visual experience. It can both, enhance and soften a scene as well as direct the point of attention [...]

August 16, 2016, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—A group of experts talked about the changes in capabilities and characteristics that computer systems will need as consumer devices increasingly move to voice-activated interfaces. Users expect greater personal mobility when not tethered to their devices even if the user interface devices are wireless. Most audio interfaces to [...]

April 2016 – Fraunhofer Research was showing off multiple projects and research results. The highlight areas were progress in their lightfield processing to support motion pictures rather than stils, the VR Omnicam system for either 360 video or VR applications, and their spatial surround sound audio. At the show they released the production version of [...]

January 2016 – One of the growing sectors of the consumer electronics marketplace is the headphone and in-ear headset (earbud) marketplace. This is direction the industry is shifting and the revolution towards high performance and high resolution is in progress. We took briefings with several companies that were showing their new personal sound devices. Klipsch [...]

January 2016 – At CES the automobile joined the home as a platform for high performance audio at a usable and non-audiophile configuration. DTS was showing their new soundbar and encoding arrangement for systems that gave a full room sound from a standard AV configuration. Typically to get the sound it requires a 5.1-11.1 surround [...]

September 2015 – The Techcrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco held a fairly new population of exhibitors this year. A large number of the startups were not from the traditional “lets develop a 10 page business plan from chapter 2 of our books and raise money” like the on-line MBA courses have advocated for the [...]

June 17, 2015, SMPTE Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age, Stanford, CA—A panel reviewed the issues and technologies for audio in Internet content. Sunil Bharitkar from Dolby moderated, with panelists including Tim Carroll from Linear Acoustics on Skype, Jeffery Reidmiler from Dolby, Robert Fisher from Warner Bros. and Phil Hilmes from Amazon Lab126. Bharitkar opened [...]

 April 2015 – Walking our customary 10 miles a day to see what’s going on at NAB can seem a bit daunting. As you enter the maze of twisty passages, all alike. But as soon as you get your bearings and start wandering, you quickly sense the energy and the passion of the show. So [...]

February 24, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Hugo Westerveld from the University of Twente, The Netherlands presented a 115 dB dynamic range audio DAC with -61 dBFS out-of band noise. The design addresses the issue of out-of band noise on overall DAC performance. Many audio DACs use a 1-bit sigma-delta DAC with noise shaping that achieve low [...]

January 2015 – Pepcom is a co-located event held at the kickoff to the 2015 CES in Las Vegas. This year the event, which was themed for the 1980’s, featured over 200 exhibitors with products ranging from accessories to hardware to software/apps for the Consumer Electronics space. The technology theme was – 2013 & 2014 [...]