Analog Devices' Blackfin Processor Helps Onkyo Achieve Quality, Connectivity, and Cost Goals for New Digital Audio System

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CD/HDD compact audio system stores and replays CD, MP3, WMA, and WAV digital audio files.

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And as music aficionados ourselves, we at ADI are always thrilled to hear the amazing sound our customers create with our technologies.

Onkyo, a leading global name in audio/video components and home theater systems, has designed its new BR-925 CD/HDD receiver system around the Blackfin® BF532 convergent processor from Analog Devices (ADI). Onkyo, whose stated philosophy is to "deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence," chose the Blackfin processor for its ability to meet specific design goals for the BR-925 digital audio system. These objectives included value, a rich set of features, connectivity capabilities, and the kind of unmatched sound quality usually associated with more expensive systems.

"As we say on our website, the people at Onkyo are unsurpassed in the love of sound, and we won't settle for second best," said Mr. Nobuaki Okuda, executive officer, Division of Business Development of Onkyo Corporation. "The Blackfin processor's high performance and flexible connectivity capabilities are an ideal match for Onkyo's relentless drive to produce exceptionally advanced music reproduction technologies for our customers."

Onkyo's BR-925 receiver packs in 80 GB of hard disk drive (HDD) storage, exceptional sound quality, and direct iPod® connectivity, giving music lovers an expansive choice of their favorite music at home and beyond. The Blackfin processor's ability to handle high-performance signal and audio processing enhances the system's audiophile appeal by enabling a wide range of audio file format compatibility, and exceedingly high sonic quality including dynamic equalization and loudness correction.

"Onkyo's new receiver design is a fantastic proof point that Blackfin has the right specifications to satisfy today's technology leaders. They depend on digital audio performance, fast time to market, and economical bill-of-materials cost, which Blackfin provides through its signature characteristics including converged microcontroller and signal processor functionality, plus implementations of the latest audio algorithms," said Mike Haidar, product line director, Digital Home at Analog Devices. "And as music aficionados ourselves, we at ADI are always thrilled to hear the amazing sound our customers create with our technologies."

The BR-925 gives Onkyo's customers an attractively priced, feature-rich compact digital audio system with unmatched sound quality. Storing up to 20,000* tracks of high-quality digital music, BR-925 users can rip audio files from CDs or a USB storage device (such as a digital audio player or USB memory stick) directly to the system's HDD. The receiver can also record directly from radio sources and transfer audio files from a PC via file transfer protocol (FTP). To access music files, a BR-925 user simply plugs the device into the receiver's USB port to listen at home or to download and go.

Blackfin Optimizes Digital Sound Technology for Onkyo
Onkyo's state-of-the-art audio technology ensures a well-articulated digital sound by creating a noise-free analog signal from digital music sources, optimizing CD and MP3 file playback. Additionally, for a well-rounded experience at all volume levels, Onkyo implemented the industry-recognized Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ on the Blackfin processor for equalization and loudness correction. Whether loud or quiet, the music playback experience is true.

Ensuring a wealth of quality listening opportunities, at the touch of the remote control users gain access to the Gracenote® Media Database to look up artists' names, CD titles, and millions of track lists.

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About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "ADI" and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

*Based on 4-minute songs encoded at 128 kilobits per second using MP3

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