Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM) offers solutions for sound quality improvement, sound effects and entertainment to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). By using D/A converters for sound quality improvement and audio & voice processors for sound effects and entertainment, your car spaces are filled with the most suitable sound. Would you like to make a comfortable and enjoyable drive with AKM's audio ICs ?
Sound quality improvement
The inside of a car is like an audio room - driving with real sound
"We want to enjoy a drive while listening to music with high-quality sound"
AKM proposes D/A converters for your requests.
AKM's audio ICs including D/A converters are used in many high-end audio products. We apply this technology to the field of IVI, and we have a lineup of products optimized for in-vehicle use. With these audio ICs, high-quality audio system environment is created in the inside of running cars. Moreover, drivers and the crews can enjoy more comfortable and more pleasant driving.
Features of AKM's audio ICs
We use VELVET SOUND technology.
The VELVET SOUND technology is a name of our "sound philosophy" given to audio devices provided by AKM and "architecture" and "core technology" realizing the philosophy. Please refer to the brand site for the details.
Please refer to the brand site for examples adopting the VELVET SOUND technology for in-vehicles use.
Table 1 shows our D/A converters for vehicles. We prepare products depending on the number of the S/N ratio (vertical axis) and the channels (cross axle). As we develop our lineup including a variety of channels, our D/A converters contribute to realization of various configuration in IVI system.
Table 1 Lineup of D/A converters
Click on the product name to see the product information page
for specifications and data sheets for each product.
Achieving a comfortable audio experience - your own cabin space
"How can we improve sound in cars?”
For such a request, AKM offers audio & voice processors bringing sound effects. The sound effects become one of the important factors in the field of IVI. With audio & voice processors of AKM, you can experience driving spaces where sounds spread in front of you. AKM calls these original sound effects "Real Space Sound". We introduce the effects and the examples of "Real Space Sound" in vehicles.
The effect of "Real Space Sound" in vehicles
By effects of "Real Space Sound", the sound of steps is lifted, which enables driving time with a wide range, powerful and low tone. Figure 1 compares "Real Space Sound" OFF and ON.
in the case of "Real Space Sound" OFF
Live sound that has bias is poor.
No low tones and sharpness is poor.
Sounds at the position near the floor is poor.
in the case of "Real Space Sound" ON
Live sound that has a wide range is excellent.
Low tones are powerful and sharp is excellent.
Sounds at the appropriate position is excellent.
Figure 1 Comparing before “Real Space Sound” with after it
"Real Space Sound" has more effects, which are called 1. Car Space Compensation, 2. Sweet Position Adjustment.
1. Car Space Compensation
By measuring frequency characteristics in vehicles with a high-performance microphone, Car Space Compensation can
Figure 2 shows comparing before Car Space Compensation and after that.
Figure 2 Comparing before Car Space Compensation and after that.
2. Sweet Position Adjustment
You can choose an acoustic mode according to the number of the crews. We explain the examples: Driver Mode and All Passenger Mode in Figure 3.
With Driver Mode, a driver can enjoy the best sound experience by lifting clear sounds. Therefore, it is suitable at the time of driving alone. In contrast, All Passenger Mode can realize the situation that all the crews can enjoy sounds, which is suitable at the time of driving with your family or friends.
Figure 3 Comparison between Driver Mode and All Passenger Mode
More enjoyable time in vehicles - even karaoke while driving
"The long-time drive is boring, so you want to enjoy the time more.”
AKM proposes audio & voice processors for raising entertainment characteristics.
You drive usually on listening to music and watching a movie. With audio & voice processors of AKM, sounds improving entertainment characteristics are realized even in vehicles.
you can experience powerfulness
like being in a movie theater.
you can feel liveness in a jazz club.
you can enjoy karaoke during a dive.
What is a karaoke in vehicles ?
Choosing a karaoke mode, you can enjoy real karaoke even in vehicles. Preparing one microphone, you can experience karaoke by using music in car audio system or in your smartphone.
It seems to be one choice while automatic driving is advancing now and how to spend the time in a car is changing. For example, in China, karaoke in a car is considered as one of the choices.
Realizing karaoke using IVI system in vehicles, we do as the following.
|Part Number||Description||Sound effects||Karaoke|
|AK7735AVQ||Dual DSP with 4 ch ADC, 4 ch DAC, 4 ch SRC||Available||-|
|AK7707VQ||Multi Core DSP with SRC||Available||Available|
|AK7738AVQ||Multi Core DSP with 5 ch ADC, 4 ch DAC, 8 ch SRC||Available||Available|
|AK7739VQ||Multi Core DSP with 4 ch ADC, 4 ch DAC, 12 ch SRC||Available||Available|