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November 30, 2015 1:34 PM 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





Key Executives for ESS Technology, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Director
Age: 67
Executive Chairman
Age: 72
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Corporate Controller
Age: 56
Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President
Chief Technology Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

ESS Technology, Inc. Key Developments

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.

ESS Technology, Inc. Appoints Peter Frith as Chief Technology Officer

ESS Technology, Inc. announced that 28 year analog chip industry veteran Peter Frith has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer. Reporting to Robert Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Frith will play a key role in shaping ESS's technology and product strategy as the company embarks on its next growth phase utilizing its industry leading analog technology.

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