March 26, 2012 -- Synopsys, Inc. today announced the availability of the DesignWare SoundWave Audio Subsystem, a complete, integrated hardware and software audio IP subsystem for system-on-chip (SOC) designs. Synopsys' SoundWave audio subsystem is fully configurable and supports 2.0 to 7.1 audio streams with 24-bit precision to meet the requirements of a broad range of audio applications such as digital TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray Discs, portable audio devices and tablets.
The SoundWave audio subsystem consists of the following components: DesignWare ARC 32-bit audio processors; standard digital interfaces; analog codecs; a comprehensive library of software audio codecs supporting the latest formats from Dolby, DTS and SRS; and a complete software environment including an integrated media streaming framework. The SoundWave Audio Subsystem also includes both virtual and FPGA-based prototypes to help engineering teams accelerate software development and validation of the full system. By integrating multiple IP blocks together with software as a pre-verified audio subsystem, Synopsys gives designers an SOC-ready audio solution that can significantly reduce their SOC design and integration efforts, lower design risk and accelerate time-to-market.
The SoundWave audio subsystem features the choice of an ARC single- or dual-core power-efficient 32-bit audio processor optimized for processing multiple high-definition, multi-channel audio streams in parallel. The subsystem includes digital I2S and S/PDIF interfaces for off-chip audio connections as well as high-bandwidth on-chip connections to interfaces such as HDMI. ARM AMBA 3 AXI/AHB protocol system interfaces ease integration into the SOC infrastructure. Analog audio codecs provide high-quality audio connections for line inputs and outputs, microphones, loud speakers and headphones. An easy-to-use configuration tool lets designers quickly select options such as number of channels and number of audio interfaces, enabling a complete audio subsystem to be configured in hours instead of weeks if done manually. Synopsys also offers SOC integration services to help designers integrate the subsystem into their chips or customize it to meet their unique application requirements.
The SoundWave Audio Subsystem offers a complete, ready-to-use software environment including audio codecs that support the latest multi-channel audio formats from Dolby Laboratories (e.g., Dolby Digital Plus and TrueHD), DTS (e.g., DTS HD Master Audio), SRS Labs (e.g., TruSurround HD4 and TruVolume) and Microsoft (e.g., WMA 10 Pro), as well as popular open source formats such as Ogg Vorbis and FLAC. The SoundWave audio subsystem's integrated media-streaming framework embeds decoders, encoders and audio post-processing functions such as volume control, equalization and surround balance. The framework allows software codecs and post-processing software to be easily instantiated into the subsystem. Audio plug-ins based on the industry-standard GStreamer multimedia software enable developers to quickly integrate audio subsystem software into their host application software.
Virtual and hardware prototypes
Developers of software-rich electronic devices, particularly those targeted at the mobile and consumer markets, must address not only the escalating amount of software content in their designs, but also the challenge of developing the software and integrating it with the hardware. To ease the software development effort, a Synopsys Virtualizer-based virtual prototype of the SoundWave audio subsystem enables early integration of the audio software stack with the application software, months before silicon becomes available. The audio subsystem's HAPS FPGA-based prototyping solution enables immediate software development and provides a scalable platform for rapid full system integration and validation.
The DesignWare SoundWave Audio Subsystem is available now for early adopters with general availability planned for April 2012.
Go to the Synopsys, Inc. website to find additional information.