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  December 18th, 2008
   
 

        AKM Semiconductor, AverLogic Technologies and Intellon Launch “Streaming iPod and Audio-over-Powerline” Reference Design

 

(Taipei, Dec. 12th, 2008) AKM Semiconductor, Inc., the world’s premier supplier of digital audio converter IC’s, AverLogic Technologies, Corp. (TOSE6198), the video processing IC and specialty memory design company, and Intellon Corp. (Nasdaq: ITLN), a leading provider of HomePlug-based powerline ICs, announce the launch of “Streaming iPod and 192KHz Audio-over-Powerline” reference design.  The innovative digital home audio streaming reference design uses existing power line infrastructure to stream the live audio to anyplace within the home. The audio transmitter is capable of streaming high quality stereo audio via home powerlines to one or multiple audio stations placed at any desired location – creating a whole-house audio distribution system without the need to install any new wiring.   

 

The new Audio reference design incorporates cutting-edge audio processors and powerline communication technologies to allow CD-quality digital audio data to transport over the power line. Both of the reference designs -- Streaming iPod and 192KHz Audio-on-Powerline – can be easily adapted to varieties of audio system applications that send and receive audio content from any source anywhere in a home. The performance of this solution provides top-grade sound quality delivery as if it is delivered via top-end audio cable. A configurable latency time can be as low as 10ms, meeting the high-end stereo system criterions and an audiophile’s expectations.  An iPod docking connecter is also incorporated on board with full function control supported, including the remote control IR feedback from the receiving unit.

 

The reference design includes a transmitter (TX unit) and a receiver (RX unit).  The TX unit consists of an audio input module to accept stereo CVBS, line-in, SPDIF, optical, or iPod audio input and a powerline communications (PLC) network module to stream audio over the existing electrical wiring.  The RX unit also consists of the PLC network module and audio output module to receive audio stream for CVBS, phone jack, SPDIF and optical output.  The core chips supplied by AMK are high-quality Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) and Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs) along with a digital audio processor.  AverLogic supplies a multimedia network controller.  Intellon Corporation provides the HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo powerline controllers.  This combination of technologies comprises a complete solution in a reference design that will shorten time-to-market companies looking to market products over a wide range of audio streaming applications, including whole-home audio distribution systems of CD, MP3, iPod or DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast) content sources to the home’s remote speakers.  The reference design guarantees a stable audio streaming by using the proprietary Dynamic Bandwidth Management (DBM) technology to ensure a smooth streaming quality, even over the noisy power line environment.

 

n          About AKM Semiconductor, Inc.

AKM is a leading provider of mixed-signal IC's for consumer, automotive, and communications applications. Already established as the world's largest manufacturer of digital audio converter IC's, AKM also provides devices for video processing, mobile communications, and optical networking.

AKM Semiconductor (AKMS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei EMD Corp. (AKEMD), Tokyo, Japan. AKMS, located in San Jose, California, offers sales, marketing and design support for North American customers. AKM designs and manufactures CMOS mixed signal integrated circuits for applications including audio, multimedia, data storage, and telecommunications. North American headquarters are located at 1731 Technology Drive, Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95110.

 

n          About Intellon Corporation

Intellon (Nasdaq: ITLN) is a market leader in powerline communications, providing HomePlug compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC), smart grid management and other commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the 200-Mbps PHY-rate HomePlug AV powerline standard. With more than 23 million HomePlug-based ICs sold, Intellon is the market share leader in the HomePlug IC market. The Company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida, with offices in Ocala, Florida, San Jose, California and Toronto, Canada. For additional information, visit www.intellon.com.

 

n          About AverLogic Technologies, Corp.

Founded in 1996, AverLogic Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan. AverLogic has technical support centers in San Jose, California USA, Hsinchu, Taiwan and Shenzhen City, PRC etc. The company specializes in high-performance application specific memory and video processing circuits. Current products include a wide array of video frame and line buffers, format converters and highly integrated video processors. More recently the Company has added video decoders, DVR video controllers, and an MPEG4 encoder to its lineup of video solutions. AverLogic is a public company with stocks listed in Taiwan OTC Stock Exchange since 2002 (TOSE: 6198).

 

Press Contacts:

Jun Tokunaga

AKM Semiconductor, Inc.

+1 888-256-7364

jtokunaga@akm.com

 

John S. Allen

Intellon Corporation

+1 407-428-2815

john.allen@intellon.com

 

John Lin

AverLogic Technologies, Corp.

+1 415-402-0230 (USA)

john_lin@averlogic.com

 

Shine Tsai

AverLogic Technologies, Corp.

+886 2 8752-3988 ext.128 (Taiwan)

shine_tsai@averlogic.com

 
   
 
 
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