Momentum Data Systems Slashes Time to Market with Next-Generation TI DSP-Based Digital Audio Engine

3/13/2003 - Continuing to offer innovative solutions for advanced audio systems, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Momentum Data Systems (MDS) announced MDS DAE-5, a new high-quality digital audio engine (DAE) powered by TIs programmable TMS320DA610 AureusTM audio digital signal processor (DSP), the highest performing processor in the industry. By leveraging the programmability of the DA610 and the flexibility of a Performance Audio (PA) software framework, the DAE-5 enables customers to get to market faster with high quality, multi-channel audio products, such as A/V receivers and surround sound processors, as well as quickly integrate their own custom post processing algorithms into the system.

"By adopting the DAE-5 for our TheaterMaster product line, Alpha Digital (EAD) will continue to produce award-winning, high quality audio products," said Alpha Digital Technologies' Alastair Roxburgh, Chief Engineer. "The advanced audio expertise and high-performance DSP technology from industry leaders MDS and TI enable us to maintain our high standards, while significantly cutting our development time."

High Performance Supports Software Differentiation TIs 225 MHz DA610 Aureus DSP, a 32/64-bit floating-point DSP optimized for multi-channel surround sound applications, features a comprehensive PA software framework that provides a new dimension in flexibility, allowing OEMs to focus on their own value-added custom post processing. The PA framework builds upon TIs eXpressDSPTM software and development tools, including the easy-to-use Code Composer StudioTM Integrated Development Environment.

The DA610 Aureus DSP enables customers of the DAE-5 to use over two-thirds of the DA610's performance for custom post processing, such as room correction and synthesized room acoustics, even while running a complete DTS 96/24 system (which includes auto-detection, input/output, stream management and decoding).

"Our close relationship with TI has enabled us to create a product that saves OEMs man-years of development time," said Dr. Jerry Purcell, president of MDS. "Our customers can now deliver the latest in multi-channel audio decoding and processing quickly and with features that are tuned to the market."

The DAE-5 adds key functionality to an already strong family of DAE products. The DAE-5 hardware includes:

Ready-to-use audio software modules for the DAE-5 save manufacturers development time and resources. In addition to DTS 96/24, the audio subsystem offers DTS-ES Discrete, Dolby® Digital and 96-kHz PCM decoders. New matrix processing software includes Pro Logic II, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES Matrix and DTS Neo:6. Other available software includes comprehensive bass management, tone controls and double bass mode. The THX Ultra 2 suite of features is available to licensees. In addition, MDS provides extensive support to ease customers through the design and implementation process.

One of the most significant new features on the DAE-5 is the ability for OEMs to add their own custom post processing. This gives them the ability to leverage a high quality platform but also differentiate their products with relative ease.

"TI is excited to be working with an audio leader like MDS to offer a new product like the DAE-5," said Curt Moore, business manager of Performance Audio at TI. "Our goal is to better enable OEMs to address the needs of the high-quality audio market with a customizable solution that can bring them to market quickly, and the DAE-5 does just that."

Availability and Pricing
The DAE-5 Digital Audio Engine is scheduled to be available in sample quantities in April 2003 and is expected in production quantities from MDS in July 2003. Pricing is $325 per unit for orders of 100. For more information on TIs DA610 DSP, please see For more information on EADs TheaterMaster product line, please see For more information on the DAE-5, please see To order the DAE-5, please contact Momentum Data Systems at (714) 378-5805.

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