Austriamicrosystems and PortalPlayer develop SoC for MP3 players

Unterpremstaetten, Austria — Austriamicrosystems AG and PortalPlayer Inc. have teamed up to create Austriamicrosystems AS3515 analog system-on-chip (SoC) for digital media players, which has been optimized to interface to and complement PortalPlayer, Inc.'s technology for personal media players including the company's current SoC solution.

The AS3515 is an Austriamicrosystems' standard product. Together, with Portal Players' digital processor, it forms the hardware basis for digital media players, according to Austriamicrosystems.

“By fine-tuning the properties of the AS3515 analog front-end chip with PortalPlayer's extensive experience in this field, we were able to achieve the perfect match between their high-volume platform solution with our low-power and high performance analog chip technology,” said John Heugle, chief executive officer of Austriamicrosystems.

The AS3515 integrates needed power management functions for rechargeable Lithium Ion battery-operated MP3 music players with high performance analog audio subsystem features required in today's sophisticated portable players, resulting in longer play time, according to the companies.

“With austriamicrosystems' new analog SoC, we are able to offer our customers a tightly integrated two-chip solution for next-generation MP3 devices,” said Michael Maia, vice president of sales and marketing at PortalPlayer (Santa Clara, Calif.). “The complete integration of this advanced analog SoC achieves higher performance in a much smaller footprint (12mm x 12mm)- a significant requirement moving forward.”

Pricing for the AS3515 begins at $4.00 in high volumes. The reference design for a full media player will be available in March 2005.

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