June 21, 2018 6:15 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: 69
Executive Chairman
Age: 74
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Corporate Controller
Age: 58
Secretary
Director of Technical Marketing
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

ESS Technology, Inc. Key Developments

ESS Technology to Integrate MQA Rendering, Studio-Quality Sound Made Simple

ESS Technology announced that they will introduce versions of their SABRE® audio DACs that feature integrated MQA rendering. MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as a standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms. The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later. The resulting signal sounds great on its own and improves with systems that unfold the extra data and take advantage of the full range and dynamics of the master file created in the studio. This unfolding process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, and system designers looking to implement this can take advantage of standard code. In fact, this process is already included in many existing PC software music applications such as Tidal, Roon, Amarra and Audirvana. Core Decoding is also available in dedicated portable devices such as Onkyo and Pioneer players as well as several smartphones. The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC. The quality of the rendering depends on the DAC output filters and this has typically involved hand tuning each design. But the agreement between ESS and MQA will make that a whole lot easier! ESS will soon introduce SABRE Mobile DACs and Headphone Systems with integrated MQA rendering. Integrating the renderer as a hardware block coupled to the DAC achieves several advantages including ease-of-design, improved performance, and lower power. At the heart of this solution is the legendary SABRE® DAC, which provides amazing sound quality with a stable image and immersive sound-stage. The HyperStream® II modulator and QUAD DAC™ Technology allow users to hear every nuanced detail. The SABRE brand is widely recognized as providing the best sounding DACs on the market and is the choice of leading audiophile brands. Combining the MQA rendering with the DAC will eliminate all the manual tuning and software integration that is required when using a separate DSP and stand-alone DACs. The system designer won’t need to worry about the implementation at all. Automatic rendering will allow the system to instantly detect a Core MQA stream and configure the custom filter settings to give the optimal-quality output. The combined hardware blocks allow for the solution to be implemented without a DSP, saving power as well as size and cost. These small and lower power solutions will be ideal for active headphones that can offer MQA whenever a software decoder is active on the device. They also offer compelling value to table-top or portable players that want to offer great sounding DACs with a full MQA solution. Wherever are, can enjoy a supreme listening experience with SABRE DACs from ESS Technologies.

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