MP3 Player & Recorder (Portable Audio)

Portable audio equipment is evolving from audio to include music videos, TV shows, talking books, personal slideshows, organizers and more. TI offers a broad portfolio of products focused directly at portable audio equipment.

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With the continuing explosion of portable consumer audio devices ranging from MP3 Players/Recorders to smart phones with integrated audio capability, handheld GPS systems and many others, the required integrated audio feature set continues to challenge end-equipment manufacturers as well as IC designers.

Being portable typically implies that the devices are battery-operated and therefore system power consumption is a key concern.

Portable audio ICs for the consumer audio market include integrated audio codecs or audio ADCs and DACs for conversion between analog signals and digital data, headphone or speaker drivers for earpieces, headphones or built-in speakers, programmable DSPs for encoding/decoding compressed data in such formats as MP3, WMA or AAC, microcontrollers for handling system-level control and user interface functions, and wireless transceivers for transmission/reception of data over RF. The core subsystems include:

  • DSP: Performs the audio/encode functions, executes post-processing algorithms like equalization and bass management and system related tasks like file management and the user interface control.
  • Memory: Stores executing code and data/parameters.
  • Peripheral Interface: Allows user to control I/Os and display.
  • Audio CODEC: Interface with the phone lines, audio input, microphone, headphone, and speaker for digitizing the audio in the DSP. Newer generation TI audio codecs, such as the TLV320AIC3254, process sound with better audio quality and longer battery life.
  • Power Conversion: Converts the battery power to run various functional blocks.

Application notes & user guides

Application Notes (7)

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HTM 8 KB 19 Nov 2008 664
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HTM 8 KB 28 Nov 2005 104
PDF 165 KB 30 Sep 2005 100
HTM 8 KB 27 Sep 2005 77
HTM 8 KB 13 Sep 2005 71

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Selection Guides (1)

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PDF 5.35 MB 23 Mar 2016 13534

Product bulletin & white papers

Product Bulletin (3)

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PDF 55 KB 20 Dec 2006 202
PDF 54 KB 06 Dec 2006 402
PDF 170 KB 18 Apr 2006 245

White Papers (9)

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HTM 8 KB 20 Aug 2008 180
HTM 8 KB 20 Aug 2008 100
HTM 9 KB 18 Jul 2008 338
HTM 8 KB 18 Jul 2008 120
HTM 8 KB 18 Jul 2008 94
HTM 8 KB 25 Oct 2006 72
PDF 81 KB 31 Oct 2005 20
PDF 316 KB 26 Oct 2005 20
PDF 181 KB 17 Oct 2005 4

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