August 27, 2016 2:36 AM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of ESS Technology, Inc.

Company Overview

ESS Technology, Inc. designs and markets high-performance video and audio mixed-signal semiconductors, hardware, software, and system solutions for consumer entertainment, home, automotive, and professional markets. It offers a 32-bit analog-to-digital converter solution, audio amplifiers, a two-channel audio D/A converter and headphone amplifier solution for audiophile-grade portable applications, digital media player solutions, DVD solutions, and soundbar solutions. The company was founded in 1984 and is based in Milpitas, California.

237 South Hillview Drive

Milpitas, CA 95035

United States

Founded in 1984

143 Employees

Phone:

408-643-8800

Fax:

408-643-8801

Key Executives for ESS Technology, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Director
Age: 68
Executive Chairman
Age: 73
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Corporate Controller
Age: 57
Chief Technology Officer
Secretary
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

ESS Technology, Inc. Key Developments

ESS Technology Announces New Professional Series of Digital-To-Analog Converters

ESS Technology announced its new professional series of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) targeted at premium audiophile and recording studio equipment. The offering for this professional series is the ES9038PRO SABRE DAC. This first member of the ESS PRO SABRE series sets a new benchmark in high-end audio by offering the dynamic range (DNR) of 140dB. The ES9038PRO also offers impressively low total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) at -122dB in a 32-bit, 8-channel DAC The ES9038PRO SABRE DAC features ESS’s patented 32-bit HyperStreamDAC technology. The HyperStream architecture is responsible for both the outstanding sound quality of ESS PRO SABRE DACs and the extremely low THD+N. Other 32-Bit 8-Channel DACs, using typical delta-sigma architecture, feature –107 dB THD+N (0.0004%), which when subjected to individual listening tests do not equal the clarity and sound stage of the ES9038PRO. This new SABRE DAC was created to integrate seamlessly with both the existing and future portfolio of ESS headphone amplifiers as well as other audio building block technology. The ES9038PRO SABRE DAC was designed for premium home theater equipment including Blu-ray players, preamplifiers, all-in-one A/V receivers, and more. For serious audiophiles it provides the most immersive listening experience – bringing music to life. Studio environments can also leverage the ES9038PRO SABRE DAC’s performance for professional audio workstations and other equipment. The PRO series enables studio professionals to recreate popular signature sound styles, using external DSP and specialized software packages, while remaining true to the artists’ musical vision. In addition to the SABRE ES9038PRO, ESS is also announcing other members of the PRO series - the ES9028PRO and ES9026PRO SABRE DACs. These 32-bit, 8-channel PRO series DACs are designed for the audiophile/enthusiast who demands the high quality and performance of a SABRE DAC at a more economical price point. The ES9028PRO and ES9026PRO are pin-compatible upgrades for previous generation ESS products—the ES9018S and ES9016S – and feature 129 dB and 124 dB dynamic range (DNR), and -120 dB and -110 dB total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N).

ESS Technology, Inc. Appoints Dan Christman as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

ESS Technology, Inc. announced that Dan Christman has joined the company as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting to Robert Blair, the company's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Christman will play a key role in shaping the company's technology and product strategy as the company embarks on its diversification phase utilizing its industry leading proprietary analog technology. Most recently, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Human Interface Business Unit.

ESS Technology Introduces the SABRE9018Q2C at CES 2015

ESS Technology announced the SABRE9018Q2C, a 32-Bit Stereo DAC with Headphone Amplifier and ultra-low THD output switch in a compact, 5 mm x 5 mm package for mobile applications. The SABRE9018Q2C System-On-a Chip (SOC) delivers an unprecedented performance level of 121 dB SNR, -115 dB THD+N, at up to 49 mW into 32O headphones making it ideal for portable products such as mobile phones, tablets, and digital music players. Using an internal charge pump, the SABRE9018Q2C SOC operates from a single +3.3 V supply to produce ground-referenced headphone outputs, eliminating pops and clicks as well as the need for large DC blocking capacitors. The ultra-low THD output switch connects headphones directly to the headphone amplifier or to auxiliary inputs for either voice communications or an alternate music source. The on-board DAC use ESS’s 32-Bit HyperStream architecture that handles up to 32-Bit 384 kHz PCM data via SLIMBus, I2S, or DSD-11.2 MHz data. The SABRE9018Q2C SOC is sampling now in a compact 40-QFN, 5 mm x 5 mm, package.

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