LONDON – Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland), a mixed-signal fabless chip company, has announced that its WM1811 audio hub IC is being used within the Galaxy S III smartphone from Samsung.
The Galaxy range of Android smartphones was introduced in 2010 and the first unit, the Galaxy S sold 24 million units. The Galaxy S II has sold 28 million units and the Galaxy Note tablet has sold 7 million units, according to Information Week. The Galaxy smartphones have been pitched as rivals to the iPhone from Apple and the S III is expected to be a big seller.
Wolfson made a net loss of $6.2 million on sales revenue of $30.3 million in the first quarter of 2012 so there is hope that the Samsung design win can help drive Wolfson towards profitability.
However, the Wolfson has supplied the WM8994 audio hub to Samsung for several of its smartphones previously.
"Our continued success with Samsung, particularly within its range of smartphones and tablets, is testament to the unrivalled quality of our HD Audio Hubs, and the unique features in our products that allow manufacturers to create differentiated audio experiences," said Mike Hickey, Wolfson's CEO, in a statement.
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