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2014/07/08 (updated: 2015/03/27)


nubia’s Flagship Smartphone Z7 Uses AKM’s Advanced Audio DSP CODEC AK4961


AKM’s CODEC Improves Smartphone Playback and Enhances User Experience


Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation, the world leading audio converter supplier, today announced that nubia has chosen AKM’s newly developed Advanced Audio DSP CODEC AK4961 to provide the best sounding quality for its flagship smartphone, Z7, that was launched today.
Unlike conventional audio solutions commonly used in many high-end smartphones, AKM’s Advanced Audio DSP CODEC AK4961 provides the user with state-of-the-art Hi-Fi sound playback. In addition, the AK4961 enables high featured recording as well as full duplex hands free call featuring advanced noise cancelling techniques.
“With the nubia Z7, we have taken the best ingredients in the handset space and integrated them into a premium, seamless product,” said Ni Fei, CEO of nubia.
“nubia develops some of the most excellent smartphones in the industry,” said Kenji Nemoto, vice president of AKM. “We are proud of featuring nubia’s smartphone with Advanced Audio solution, and we believe this will be a long term relationship between the two companies.”

About nubia
nubia is the premium brand of ZTE smartphone. It was launched in October 2012. ZTE Corporation is a globally-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, nubia brand is independently managed and differentiated by a separate team from the ZTE brand. It mainly focuses on high-end open markets, with development around the world. nubia is favored by consumers through differentiation on concept, design, price, advertisement and service.

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About AKM
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) is a Japan-based company which designs and manufactures high performance mixed-signal ICs and unique sensing devices. AKM has continued to provide customers with optimum solutions all over the world for over 30 years.

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Advanced Audio DSP CODEC for Smartphones

AK4961 The AK4961 combines the latest technologies of AKM including high sound fidelity for high resolution audio, advanced recording features during video recording and industry proven hands free processing capability.
AKM’s original architecture established by premium audio devices has been specifically redesigned for portable applications, realizing extremely high quality audio playback for audiophile music playback. As an audio device for mobile applications, the AK4961 achieves industry leading level performance of THD+N (-99dB) and 110dB dynamic range with the newly developed 32-bit advanced audio DAC and cap-less class G headphone amplifier.It also integrates low-noise and low-power microphone amplifier for recording. High quality and realistic recoding performance is realized with a AKM’s DSP-driven original sound processing.

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News Release  :   Date:2014/07/07  AK4961: Advanced DSP CODEC for Smartphones


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