STMicroelectronics Launches Virtual Laboratory for Audio Innovators

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 -- (Marketwired) -- 06/27/13 --   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 muc
h 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. 
Virtual Audio Lab from STMicroelectronics:
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For Press Information Contact:
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 
 
 
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