The MIPS® Consumer Audio Platform consists of the industry’s most comprehensive set of audio algorithms for digital consumer devices and the industry standard MIPS32® family of products. The platform allows silicon vendors to standardize on a single audio architecture to service multiple consumer products segments.

Platform Overview

Audio is a fundamental feature in today’s consumer devices such as mobile audio players, telematics, and a host of home entertainment devices. To deliver the best user experience, consumer devices need to support a wide range of algorithms and often must run them simultaneously.

Employing Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) or hardwired blocks to process audio is the traditional approach. However, the performance attributes of the MIPS family of processors provide an alternative method to resolve the challenges of designing a robust and scalable audio subsystem.

Conusmer Advantages

RequirementAudio ChallengesMIPS Consumer Audio Platform Advantages
Higher PerformanceConsumer applications require scalable audio subsystem to support increasingly complex and evolving algorithms, advanced pre/post processing techniques, and full-duplex encode/decode applications simultaneously.MIPS’ 32-bit synthesizable cores are the highest performance in the industry (up to 550 MHz for a 24K™ core). This gives silicon vendors the performance headroom needed to support next-generation consumer audio requirements.
Lower CostVendors must reduce SOC costs while continuing to deliver sophisticated applications and services.Employing a single-processor architecture for audio and host processing reduces development tool investments, design time, and DSP licensing and royalty fees.
Time-To-MarketTo maximize revenue opportunities, feature rich devices must be brought to market ahead of the competition.MIPS and partners offer highly optimized audio algorithms to reduce time to market.
Product DifferentiationProducts must be able support a wide range of revenue generating services.An industry standard architecture allows equipment manufactures and service providers to add and customize value added applications and services.

Consumer Audio Platform Partners

Audio VendorAlgorithms
FraunhoferMP3 (MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Layer-3) Decoder
MP3 (MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Layer-3) Encoder
AAC (MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Low Complexity AAC) Decoder Multichannel on Request
AAC (MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Low Complexity AAC) Encoder Multichannel on Request
MPEG-4 AAC Low Delay for Bidirectional Communication, Decoder
MPEG-4 AAC Low Delay for Bidirectional Communication, Encoder
MicrosoftWindows Media Audio
MIPSDolby Digital Decoder
Dolby Digital Plus Decoder-Converter
MP3 Decoder
MPEG-2 Layer 1 & 2 Decoder
MPEG-2 AAC LC Decoder
Dolby Pro Logic II Decoder
SRS TruSurround XT
Sonic SolutionsDolby Digital Encoder