STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics Launches Virtual Laboratory for Audio Innovators

STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics Launches Virtual Laboratory for Audio
                                  Innovators

    Audio Processor Workbench delivers high-end evaluation and measurement
   capabilities to all designers using ST SoundTerminal(TM) family and MEMS
                                 microphones

Geneva, June 27, 2013 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor
leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is
putting sophisticated audio design and evaluation capabilities within reach of
all engineers using its SoundTerminal(TM) audio chips and digital MEMS
microphones, by publishing a complete virtual audio laboratory that can be
downloaded free of charge at www.st.com/apworkbench.

The Audio Processor Workbench is the first and, so far, only solution on the
market enabling comprehensive evaluation of a full audio and acoustic chain,
from microphone to sound amplifier and output speaker. It goes well beyond
typical GUI apps used for device configuration, and provides many features
usually available only in high-end test gear.

Engineers can use this tool to assess the entire audio subsystem of new
designs for A/V equipment, multimedia PCs, smartphones, tablets or docking
systems, and to verify performance and configure and tune individual
components. Moreover, its simplicity and ease of use help reduce lengthy
tuning operations to a few-minutes' task.

"The Audio Processor Workbench delivers unprecedented value for designers, and
is also a cost-effective tool for production testing and quality control,"
said Andrea Onetti, General Manager Analog and Audio Systems Division,
STMicroelectronics. "We have applied many lessons learned from working with
our customers in the digital audio space to provide features engineers need to
create new products with outstanding audio performance."

In addition, the built-in support for ST's MEMS microphones significantly
expands the audio-system designers' capabilities, making it easier to
implement advanced features such as voice recognition and noise cancellation
in new product designs.

Further technical information:

As a fully featured virtual laboratory, Audio Processor Workbench gives
engineers access to sophisticated instruments such as signal scopes, spectrum
analyzers, signal generators, level meters, parametric equalizers and much
more, on the desktop.

The Audio Processor Workbench provides a user interface to the sophisticated
IPs embedded in ST's audio chips, giving engineers full control over the
acoustic path. Leveraging the pure digital nature of the audio input and
output devices, it allows streaming of the acquired acoustic signal to the
host PC, digital processing by the user's chosen audio IP, and listening of
the tuned acoustic path, all in real-time. The Audio Processor Workbench
supports ST's digital MEMS microphone portfolio and the majority of
SoundTerminal ICs including analog and digital audio processors, CODECs,
headphone amplifiers, power amplifiers, and filtering and signal-conditioning
devices. It also supports the comprehensive range of audio evaluation boards,
as well as the recently released STA321MP STSmartVoice digital MEMS
microphones evaluation kit. Designers can use the STAudioHub to connect their
hardware, such as a prototype or ST evaluation board, easily to the host PC
and quickly begin analyzing its performance.

Datasheet and short video on ST's Audio Processor Workbench are available at
http://www.st.com/apworkbench-pr

About STMicroelectronics
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from
healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and
office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from
technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at www.st.com.

For Press Information Contact:
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations

+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com
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