Audio Pixels Holdings Limited has announced that it has signed a Joint Development Agreement with Sony Corporation of Japan for the development of its patented low cost micro-electro mechanical ("MEMS") digital speakers.
As previously announced the joint development partner, Sony Corporation is funding the majority of the rather substantial costs associated with transitioning the technology into a mass-manufacturable product. Sony delivered the first batch of phase-one development chips for testing to Audio Pixels in Israel on 17 June 2011.
The Joint Development Agreement with Sony anticipates that once the Development Phase and testing has been completed that the parties will enter into a formal Commercial License Agreement.
Audio Pixels and Sony are well down the track of the agreed development plan to achieve mass-production capabilities, after which Sony intends to transition to becoming a mass-manufacturing partner primarily focused on supplying product for the myriad of diverse consumer products that Sony already produces and sells globally and a supplier of speaker products for use throughout the myriad of diverse consumer electronics products produced and sold worldwide.
Audio Pixels patented technologies employ entirely new techniques to generate sound waves directly from a digital audio stream using low cost micro-electromechanical structures (MEMS) rather than conventional loudspeaker elements. This innovation enables the production of speaker products that deliver performance that is many orders of magnitude better than conventional speaker technologies, all in an affordable package that is only one millimetre thick.
Audio Pixels MEMS-based Digital Sound Reconstruction platform enables the market for audio speakers to follow the evolution of the video display market from large, heavy analog tube based monitors to the digital flat panel displays of today. Driving the rationale for change in audio speakers is the ever-increasing demand for smaller, thinner, clearer sounding, more power-efficient speakers. Conventional speaker technologies remain deeply rooted in the original voice coil inventions of Alexander Graham Bell. The inherent limitations of such speakers prohibit the delivery of quality sound in smaller packages. Audio Pixels innovative patents in the fields of electromechanical structures, pressure generation, acoustic wave generation and control, signal processing and packaging, combine to forever change this paradigm.
Upon achieving mass production capabilities Audio Pixels plans to sell and/or license its products to the manufacturers of speakers and consumer electronic devices worldwide, which collectively consume billions of speaker units annually. Audio Pixels will produce and sell a single type of silicon chip that can be used either as a standalone speaker or cascaded in any multiples of the same chip in order to achieve the desired performance specifications.
For further information: http://www.audiopixels.com.au.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.