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New ultra high-performance digital audio module product line launched by ANAGRAM Technologies


Préverenges, Switzerland. - Dec 12, 2005 - ANAGRAM Technologies SA, today announced the release of a new line of ultra high-performance digital audio modules targeting high-precision 24-bit D/A audio converter systems.

Four new modules, Quantum™, Sonic2™, Sonic4™, and TimeLock™ were announced that incorporate the latest generation of ANAGRAM’s patent-pending Q5™ Upsampling / Sample Rate Conversion and DSS™ Synchronisation technologies to deliver industry leading digital to audio conversion. Unlike previous generations, the new modules now include the ability to convert DSD to PCM to deliver a fully integrated high quality CD, SACD and DVD-Audio converter solution.

The Quantum™ is the highest performance asynchronous sample rate converter available on the market, delivering better than 144dB THD+N and with conversion rates up to 384kHz. It is also the only available ASRC capable of upsampling DSD streams from SACD playback devices.

The Sonic2™ and Sonic4™ are pure upsamplers that are intended to drive ultra high precision audio DACs. ANAGRAM has developed a completely new multi-DAC scrambling technology for the two Sonic modules that further expands the performance envelope in multi-DAC audio converter designs. The flagship Sonic4™ is capable of driving 4 DACs per channel independently in L/R± differential mode (a total of 8 DACs) with upsampling to 768kHz.

Thierry Heeb, CEO at ANAGRAM Technologies SA, commented: “At these frequencies we can completely bypass the digital filter used in high-end DACs further improving audio fidelity. In addition, our newly developed Sonic Scrambling™ technology allows multi-DAC designs to address the issue where the last bits in the audio stream are not converted in a linear fashion.”

Finally the TimeLock™ is an ultra-low jitter master clock generator capable of supplying DACs and other critical components with an extremely stable clock.
“We found that off-the-shelf oscillators didn’t match the performance of our modules so we consulted experts in the Swiss watch industry to create our own audio master clock module. We are very pleased with the results, especially the price / performance ratio that we managed to obtain where we can deliver a jitter resolution in the sub pico second range for an extremely competitive price,” Theirry added.

ANAGRAM Technologies will be present during CES 2006 at T.H.E. SHOW, St-Tropez Hotel, Suite 2107 in Las Vegas from the 5th to the 8th of January 2006 to present the new module product line-up. Companies interested in meeting with ANAGRAM Technologies in Las Vegas are advised to contact the company directly.

About ANAGRAM Technologies SA

ANAGRAM Technologies SA is a high technology start-up located on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. It specialises in the design of digital audio solutions based on innovative signal processing algorithms and systems. It licenses digital audio IP blocks for the professional and consumer audio markets and delivers industry leading reference designs and ODM services for OEMs.

Key to its success is the design of advanced high performance audio algorithms that simplify system architecture, reduce system costs, and are compatible with all audio formats. Its flagship Q5™ Upsampling technology has already achieved significant breakthroughs in terms of cost and performance and its DSS™ Synchronisation technology is unmatched in converting between digital and analog domains.
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Quantum™, Sonic2™, Sonic4™, TimeLock™, Q5™, and DSS™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of ANAGRAM Technologies SA. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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