Revolutionising audio manufacturing with xcore®.ai

There has been a paradigm shift in the audio manufacturing industry. The transition from conventional analog filters to Digital Signal Processing (DSP) goes beyond mere digitisation. DSP isn’t just about translating analog functions into the digital realm; it’s about precision and control. Combined with the seamless integration of artificial intelligence into the DSP pipeline, we have the ability to elevate audio processing to unprecedented levels. At XMOS, we have many years of leadership under our belt, enabling advanced processing capabilities for audio and voice applications. Our ability to integrate IO configuration and AI along with powerful DSP, all on one silicon platform, is key to XMOS’ differentiation, enabling delivery of the next generation of DSP applications. In this blog we explore the transformative capabilities of DSP and delve into the unparalleled advantages offered by xcore.ai in the dynamic landscape of the audio manufacturing industry.

The essence of DSP in audio processing

Imagine applying a filter to a signal using conventional analog methods – constructing a Butterworth filter with passive components. While effective, this analog approach has limitations. Once built, the filter is fixed, and component values may drift over time, compromising performance. DSP stepped in as a game-changer, providing a more robust and controlled means of applying filters.

With artificial intelligence augmented DSP, the process becomes dynamic and adaptable, allowing for real-time adjustments and enhancements. Complex effects like dereverberation and noise reduction can be incorporated, capabilities challenging to implement with analog filtering alone.

xcore.ai’s competitive advantage

In the ever-evolving landscape of audio manufacturing, xcore.ai emerges as a strategic player, offering a versatile and configurable solution tailored to diverse market opportunities. As the audio industry spans from massive applications in edge devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) to smaller, niche markets, xcore.ai’s adaptability becomes its strength.

Unlike the traditional approach of building dedicated chips for specific applications, xcore.ai’s versatility brings a distinct advantage that enables manufacturers to reach the market swiftly and cost-effectively by leveraging completely software-defined systems. This flexibility proves invaluable, especially in scenarios where smaller volumes might deter larger manufacturers.

While most designers allocate specific parts of a chip to distinct functions, xcore.ai takes a different route, offering unparalleled flexibility within the same pipeline. Rather than adhering to predefined roles, the designer is empowered to allocate logic dynamically. It’s not merely ‘pure software-definable DSP’; it’s ‘pure software-definable functionality.’ This innovative approach allows for on-the-fly adjustments, ensuring that the chip can cater to a spectrum of functions without the need for rigid, predetermined configurations.

As we navigate the intricate world of audio manufacturing, the fusion of DSP and xcore.ai emerges as a transformative force. It’s not just about converting analog to digital; it’s about redefining our approach to audio processing. With precision, adaptability, and the power to incorporate AI, xcore.ai stands at the forefront, offering a dynamic solution that transcends the limitations of conventional DSP.

Ready to amplify your audio manufacturing potential? Contact us to uncover the precision and flexibility of XMOS DSP.