SOURCE: Intersil

January 07, 2010 10:00 ET

Intersil's New D2Audio® WIDESound x 4™ Enhancement Brings Full, Rich Surround-Sound Listening Experience to Flat Panel TVs and Other Space-Constrained Products

Latest D2Audio Technology Creates Simulated Home Theatre Experience Using an Array of Front-Mounted Speakers

Company to Demonstrate Technology at CES, South Hall 1, Booth 21422

MILPITAS, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 7, 2010) - CES International -- Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has introduced WIDESound x 4™ audio enhancement technology that is ideal for use where it is not possible to employ large or surround loudspeakers.

Today's thin flat panel TVs and other leading-edge consumer products are simply not large enough for designers to employ traditional large multi-speaker systems. Yet consumers still demand full, rich audio quality, as well as sleek, attractive product design.

WIDESound x 4 is a multi-channel soundbar simulated "virtualization" effect that greatly enhances audio capabilities in flat panel TVs or other applications where full sized speakers are impractical. WIDESound x 4 utilizes the full power of a true digital signal processing (DSP) system with enhanced control of the simulated loudspeaker system. Variations of the WIDESound x 4 technology allow for soundbar implementations of two, four or six loudspeaker systems for a completely scalable architecture.

For designers of consumer electronics, Intersil's WIDESound x 4 offers access to key control parameters that enable them to customize and optimize the simulated home theatre effect. Implementation of 2-channel, 4-channel and 6-channel soundbars is possible through simple control of the available parameters in the audio processing block.

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Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors. The Company's products address some of the industry's fastest growing markets, such as, flat panel displays, cell phones, other handheld systems, and notebooks. Intersil's product families address power management functions and analog signal processing functions. Intersil products include ICs for battery management, hot-plug controllers, linear regulators, power sequencers, supervisory ICs, bridge drivers, PWM controllers, switching DC/DC regulators, Zilker Labs Digital Power ICs and power MOSFET drivers; optical storage laser diode drivers; DSL line drivers; D2Audio products; video and high-performance operational amplifiers; high-speed data converters; interface ICs; analog switches and multiplexers; crosspoint switches; voice-over-IP devices; and ICs for military, space and radiation-hardened applications. For more information about Intersil or to find out how to become a member of our winning team, visit the Company's web site and career page at