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Samsung Galaxy S4 set to ship with Wolfson audio chip

Scottish chip designer signs a high volume deal with Samsung
Fri Apr 12 2013, 11:08
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AUDIO CHIP DESIGNER Wolfson has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Samsung.

Scottish audio chip designer Wolfson has seen its parts end up in many smartphones and tablets, including Apple's iPhone. Now the firm has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Samsung for its audio chips to be used in its popular range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Wolfson previously supplied audio chips to Samsung for a number of its devices but the new agreement makes the firm Samsung's "primary audio partner". The deal could bring in a lot of cash for Wolfson, given Samsung's wide range of products and high volumes. Wolfson said the agreement meant that it expected to be a major audio component supplier in the upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone, making it almost certain that the audio chip inside the Galaxy S4 will be one of Wolfson's units.

Wolfson CEO Mike Hickey said, "This is a significant milestone for Wolfson, and we are delighted to be making this announcement. Having worked closely with Samsung over recent years on their Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones, this agreement is a testament to our strong IP portfolio and our growing partnership, and we very much look forward to working closely together to continue to deliver exceptional audio in Samsung's smartphones and tablets."

Wolfson didn't say what chips will end up in Samsung products, but the firm's high-end digital to analogue converters have a very good reputation in the hi-fi industry, which bodes well for the audio playback quality of future Galaxy devices. µ


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