SAN FRANCISCO—Wireless and audio chip vendor CSR plc said Wednesday (June 6) it acquired the Map-X audio product line from bankrupt U.S. chip vendor Trident Microsystems Inc.
CSR (London) did not disclose the purchase price. The company said the acquisition would allow it to build on its existing audio platform, enabling customers to more easily develop high performance home audio consumer electronics products.
Trident (Sunnyvale, Calif.) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.
The Map-X processor is designed to deliver HD audio decoding and internet audio streaming for next generation home audio, AV receivers and soundbars. Integration of the Map-X technology into soundbars and network speakers will also dramatically improve upon the sound quality currently delivered by integrated TV speakers CSR said.
"In today’s marketplace TVs are getting thinner and visual quality is delivered in high definition at ever improving levels of quality and richness, but audio from integrated TV speakers cannot keep pace," said Anthony Murray, senior vice president of CSR's home business unit, in a statement. "Coupled with this, consumer expectations are on the rise and individuals are demanding high definition, more immersive audio to match the high quality visual experience."