San Jose--April 20, 1998--Atmel Corp. (San Jose) announced the introduction of a new generation of sound synthesis ICs in their Dream product family. These fully integrated chips, using a process called wavetable synthesis, can play music coded to the MIDI standard as well as fully digitized voice and sound effects.
The SAM 9707 Integrated Sound Studio IC offers support of the new downloadable sounds (DLS) standard, designed for professional quality multitrack sound recording and playback direct to and from disk on a PC. It includes 4-band equalization, reverb, and chorus.
In the middle range there are the SAM9703 Professional Integrated Synthesizer IC and the SAM9733 Integrated Synthesizer IC, which are targeted toward the needs of musical instrument designers, Karaoke machines, and PC sound cards.
For the portable battery powered design, the SAM9713 Synthesizer IC is available with reduced footprint and pin count and runs from a low frequency crystal oscillator with internal PLL giving low power consumption and minimizing RFI problems.
For extra compatibility with the large volume of professional MIDI compositions available and with the permission from Roland Corporation, Atmel Dream now offers sound banks that comply with Roland's enhanced GS Format standard. Free to developers, Dream is introducing a single development tool set for its complete synthesis IC range enabling OEMs to customize sound banks and DSP code.
Priced in the range of $10-$15 each in quantities of 1,000 units, Dream SAM97 series devices are all available and shipping in volume now.
San Jose, Calif.
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