Tensilica,@ Inc (http://tensilica.com/) . today announced that it has added the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) decoder to its ever-growing library of software for its HiFi Audio DSP family (http://www.tensilica.com/products/audio.htm) of IP (intellectual property) cores for SOC (system-on-chip) design. FLAC is an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless so the audio is compressed without any loss in quality. Because it is not a proprietary format, is not encumbered by patents, and has an open-source reference implementation, FLAC (http://flac.sourceforge.net/) has become increasingly popular.
Tensilica's HiFi Audio IP core family is the most widely used audio IP core. HiFi has shipped in millions of units in products ranging from cellular phones to DTVs (digital televisions), high-end Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems because of the power and area efficiency of the architecture and the support of all popular audio and voice codecs and post processing software.
"We added the FLAC decoder, supporting both stereo and multi-channel formats, to cover the complete spectrum of mobile and home entertainment products," stated Larry Przywara, Tensilica's director of multimedia marketing. "FLAC is gaining acceptance as a lossless format for distribution of audiophile quality music and is becoming a required feature in the latest generation of consumer electronics."
About TensilicaTensilica, Inc. is the leader in customizable dataplane processor IP cores. Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) (http://tensilica.com/) combine the best capabilities of CPUs and DSPs while delivering 10 to 100x the performance because they can be customized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific signal processing performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and six out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including digital TV, Blu-ray Disc players, broadband set top boxes, digital still cameras and portable media players), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. For more information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit www.tensilica.com (http://www.tensilica.com/) .
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