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Harman Kardon Selects the AureusTM Audio DSP from Texas Instruments for Two New A/V Receivers

TI's TMS320DA610 Provides Superior Sound Quality and Enables Rapid Integration of the Newest Audio Features

Sep 9, 2004

HOUSTON (September 10, 2004) - Building on its continued success and momentum in the home theater market, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced that its AureusTM audio digital signal processor (DSP) and analog components are driving the ultimate in sound quality and the latest audio features in Harman Kardon´s two new Audio/Video (A/V) receivers, the AVR 635 and AVR 435, announced at the CEDIA Expo (September 8-12, 2004). Creating a feature-rich, cost-effective system, the TI devices enable Harman Kardon to quickly and easily deliver a compelling, realistic listening experience. Demonstrations of these receivers are available at Harman Kardon´s booth (#343) at CEDIA. (See www.ti.com/pa7.) 
"TI's TMS320DA610 processor allowed us to deliver best-in-class features and higher performance to consumers at an affordable price," said Tom McLoughlin, president, Harman Kardon. "The performance and flexibility of TI's device allowed us to quickly add these new features and deliver the highest audio quality for existing audio standards."
Harman Kardon announced that its AVR 635, a 7.1-channel A/V receiver, includes the latest features and technologies to set new standards in sound quality, multiroom operational flexibility and ease of use. The AVR 635 includes the EzSet/EQ feature set and provides extraordinary sonic performance, featuring a high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth, discrete-output amplifier section that delivers seven channels of high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplification and state-of-the-art 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters.
Harman Kardon indicated that the AVR 435, also a 7.1-channel system, is similar in configuration to the AVR 635 and provides most of its ultimate-performance features and flexibility, including EzSet/EQ automatic system optimization functionality, three HDTV-compatible component video inputs, automatic digital input polling and multiroom operation. The AVR 435 includes a high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier section with 7 x 65 watts of power output (into 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, less than 0.07% THD, all channels driven; 2 x 80 watts in stereo; and ±40 amps of high-current capability), and 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters. 
"We are very excited to work with Harman Kardon on their newly introduced A/V receiver systems," said Mohsin Imtiaz, performance audio marketing manager, TI. "They are taking full advantage of the performance headroom available in TI's Aureus audio processors and using it to deliver a truly compelling home theater experience at affordable price points."
The DA610, part of TI's Aureus family of audio DSPs, is a 225 MegaHertz (MHz) floating point DSP that delivers 1800 million instructions per second (MIPS) and 32/64-bit native processing. Using the cost-effective DA610, OEMs can deliver next-generation digital audio features and can incorporate proprietary audio processing algorithms into their system. The DA610 also features an open audio framework that provides manufacturers a flexible design environment to easily add the latest features to differentiate their products. The receivers also utilize several TI analog components including operational amplifiers, interface, power management and logic.
Both the Harman Kardon AVR 635 and 435 receivers are expected to be available in late fall 2004 at a suggested retail price of $1,299 and $999, respectively.