Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled a new system that includes a 32/64bit digital signal processor (DSP) and an optimised audio software framework.
The company claims it will offer more life-like listening and more advanced audio features.
According to TI, manufacturers need to offer more multi-channel digital audio formats.
The company said its new DSPs will provide enhancements, such as multi-digital zones, speaker virtualisation and automatic room correction, that have only been available on high-end audio receivers.
The technology will also support varied sound formats such as Dolby, DTS and MP3, with a single chip.
Brent Butterworth, director of consumer technology marketing at Dolby, said in a statement: "We believe TI's new system solution will enable our customers to continue to push the envelope of the digital audio experience.
"This solution will only accelerate the adoption of our technologies across all segments of the audio market."
TI's first device, the DA 610 DSP, comes with 1800 million instructions per second (MIPS) or 1200 floating point operations per second (MFLOPS). The company claims this is three times that of current designs.
The DA 610 also features two new multi-channel audio serial ports that allow up to 12 stereo channels of I2S per port. The ports are compatible with the Sony/Phillips digital interface (S/PDIF) standard.
A DSP, often called a system-on-a-chip, is an advanced chip that enhances digital and audio transmissions. It performs mathematical manipulations on the incoming signal, to enable the signal to be transmitted easily at low power while retaining signal integrity.
Company officials said that chips powered with the new technology would ship in the second quarter next year.
Separately, TI said it is licensing Thomson Multimedia's MP3Pro format, which compresses standard audio tracks without significantly compromising sound quality.
Manufacturers will be able to support the new format by updating their internet audio devices using TI's DSPs.
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