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Akustica Introduces Four New HD Voice Microphones

November 28, 2012

Akustica Introduces Four New HD Voice Microphones

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Offering HD quality microphones for smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics, Akustica Inc., a Bosch Group company, has introduced a complete analog and digital family of top- and bottom-port high-definition (HD) voice microphones.

Akustica’s new microphones are considered drop-in replacements for some of the most commonly used MEMS microphones.

With two completely different MEMS technologies, Akustica is the only MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) microphone supplier who designs and manufactures such products.

While the company’s 2-chip MEMS technology offers more flexibility for additional features, the monolithic CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) MEMS technology facilitates highly-integrated, inexpensive solutions.

Akustica’s new microphones help manufacturers upgrade current designs to cater to market demand for a more natural-sounding conversation and enhanced speech recognition accuracy.

All this is achieved with the help of HD voice-quality components.

These latest microphones are also manufactured by Bosch, and they make use of the high-volume capability, quality and reliability of the world’s top MEMS sensor supplier.

“There is a groundswell of support behind HD voice from wireless carriers, mobile chipset suppliers and mobile-device manufacturers,” said Davin Yuknis, vice president, sales and marketing, Akustica. “That’s because the HD voice experience mirrors the emotional nuance of a conversation to the point where you feel as if you are talking face-to-face and not over a phone.”

“And sound quality is determined at the microphone, the first component in the audio chain,” Yuknis said.

In March 2012, the company expanded its product portfolio with a new analog micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone. The AKU340 device is created for mobile handsets; the high-performance analog microphone makes use of technology created by The Bosch Group, which owns South Side-based Akustica. Consumer electronics manufacturers are looking for small microphones with improved acoustic performance.

The MEMs microphone market is expected to reach $493.5 million this year. 

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Edited by Braden Becker

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