Wolfson Audio Hub applied in Sharp’s smartphones and tablets

July 12, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Wolfson Microelectronics' WM5102 High Definition (HD) Audio Hub has been adopted by Sharp for its new range of AQUOS smartphone and tablet devices.

The WM5102 enables exceptional audio quality in the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-06E and Aquos Phone si SH-07E, as well as the upcoming Aquos Pad SH-08E tablet, all from NTT Docomo. The WM5102 also features in the new Aquos Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH smartphone. The latest Aquos Phone range includes the first 4G-enabled (LTE) devices to use a Wolfson Audio Hub alongside a Qualcomm application processor and LTE baseband modem.

The WM5102 HD Audio Hub with low power, high performance audio digital signal processor (DSP) enables clearer, more natural-sounding voice calls, even in the noisiest environments. With integrated transmit-path (Tx) noise reduction, echo cancellation and receive-path (Rx) noise reduction, the WM5102 enables intelligible, natural-sounding conversation and reduces background noise transmitted via voice calls by up to 90%. With 113dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), the WM5102 delivers an HD Audio experience with minimal power consumption, and can be used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across all smartphone application processor platforms.

This announcement builds on Wolfson’s existing partnership with Sharp, having already designed Wolfson audio technology into its Aquos Phone st SH-07D smartphone last year. Wolfson adds that, “Audio quality is fast becoming a key differentiating feature in mobile devices, and the WM5102 HD Audio Hub enables Sharp to deliver an outstanding consumer audio experience in its latest range of smartphone and tablet devices.”

Wolfson Microelectronics; www.wolfsonmicro.com