Monday, February 26, 2018

Infineon Acquires Merus Audio: Better Audio Experience for Smart Home Applications

February 26, 2018: Munich, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark - Infineon Technologies AG announced today the acquisition of Merus Audio. The start-up, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, was founded in 2010 by Hans Hasselby-Andersen and Mikkel Hoyerby. Merus Audio has created energy-efficient integrated audio amplifier solutions that maximize the audio performance of smart home battery-powered speakers and extend their battery life while minimizing heat and footprint. After integrating Merus Audio, Infineon will be able to offer its customers the full range and cutting-edge Class D audio amplifier portfolio to meet the needs of demanding applications. This complements Infineon's existing PowIRAudio® portfolio of up to 70 watts of power. bc556ap
Andreas Urschitz, president of Infineon's Power Management and Diversity Marketing Group, said: "This move reinforces our ability to bring our customers smart solutions that are fully integrated in the system." Merus Audio's innovative audio amplifier technology is available to Infineon's existing A good complement of sensor and audio processing expertise. "
The fast-growing market for battery-powered smart speakers will benefit particularly from this patented technology, which combines the advantages of extended playback time, compact design and enhanced audio performance. For smart speaker users, the sound quality is more important, the use of speakers to listen to music has become more popular. Merus Audio solutions are based on so-called cascaded converter technology to reduce total harmonic distortion and achieve noise reduction. According to a report released by SAR Insight *, the smart speaker market is projected to have an annual revenue growth of 55% by 2022 (CAGR for 2017-2022). s1227-66bq
Based on Infineon's "From Product to System" strategy, the addition of Merus Audio technology further strengthens Infineon's expertise in human-machine interaction (HMI). For example, Infineon now offers more accurate speech recognition based on Infineon's sensor fusion expertise and uses radar and silicon microphones.
Merus Audio will be fully integrated into Infineon's existing audio business as part of the Power Management and Diversity Marketing Group. Both companies agree not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.
* Source: SAR Insight: Digital Assistant and Voice Interface Services, 2018

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