November 28, 2012

Akustica Introduces Four New HD Voice Microphones

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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