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Headphone / Headset / 3.5mm Female Adapter Reference Designs

Traditionally, audio accessory OEM / ODMs only had to focus on doing one thing: Making excellent, sounding portable audio accessory products.

With the advent of the Lightning connector on iDevices as well as USB-C ports on Desktops / Laptops / Tablets / Convertible Tablets / Mobile Phones and even more recently the disappearance of the 3.5mm analog audio jack from multiple product categories, that has brought about a whole new host of market opportunities… as well as whole new host of challenges for these companies.

 

The TDTSI017 Reference Design – Lightning Strikes & Tempo is there…

The TDTSI017 is Tempo’s LAM-based Apple® MFi-certified Headphone / HeadsetFemale 3.5mm Adapter reference design and demo board. The TDTSI017 is available to Apple MFi-licensees in good standing upon execution of a mutual NDA with Tempo Semiconductor. This highly unique solution is offered with and without integrated charging capability using either a female Lightning or USB connector.


Spend your resources fine-tuning your mechanical ID, not your microcontroller code

All Lightning-based versions of the design include our pre-programmed TSCT8x Audio Hub Controller which saves the OEM / ODM the agony of having to learn and then debug complex microcontroller coding or start from scratch using other vendors “example source code”.

 

Spend your energy focusing on product differentiation, not spinning PCB boards

Naturally, a schematic, BOM, and 4-layer PCB layout files (native and Gerbers) are made available to our customers (just like all other audio IC vendors do), HOWEVER, the design files that Tempo provides have been designed with RoHS, WEEE, CE, FCC and DfM compliance in mind, DRAMATICALLY reducing your Time to Market. Just because others might also have a “reference design” doesn’t mean it is ready to take to production.

 

Spend your time improving the acoustics, not coding DSPs

Tempo also offers a simple-to-use Windows®-based GUI (Tempo ASC) that enables the acoustical engineer to generate the design-specific DSP “tuning” files (*.PNL) for inclusion inside the TSCT8x firmware image. There is even an automatic function that generates the inverse EQ curve from a customer-provided target SPL curve that can be entered into the GUI in minutes. Obtaining a flat frequency response can then be realized within seconds. Obtaining the firmware that can be loaded into the end-product via the iOS app (residing inside the TSCT8x Flash memory), is made available within 24 hours of the PNL file being sent when submitted with a QF form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spend your money on your product launch campaign, not hiring an App Developer

The TempoSound iOS App delivers both NRE and Lifetime Support savings, not to mention halving your product development timeline!

The default functionality of the TempoSound iOS App enables mandatory firmware updating of the MFi-certified Lightning audio accessory product with firmware that is located in the cloud without incurring such outsourcing or internal engineering development overhead to the OEM / ODM.

 

 

Naturally, Tempo supports requests for OEM / ODM customization to this iOS app included as part of the value that our complete turn-key solution enables.

TempoSound iOS requirements? 9.0 or later.

Our Lightning headset solution iOS requirements? None.

Why settle for an “analog headset solution” that will only works on iOS 11 and leave so much of the market out in the cold? Who wants to listen to a product that sounds like every other product?

Ready to take your product to the next level?

The TempoMax iOS App (coming soon) enables a whole host of additional features that enable the OEM / ODM to enable a differentiated product that goes far beyond what other solutions offer today, including “personalization” which enables the consumer, after tuning the product to suit their personal preferences to simply “set and forget” the configuration which is stored in flash memory inside the product. There is no need for the app to be installed on any other Lightning-enabled device in order for the consumer to enjoy the exact same customized experience on any Lightning enabled iOS device, regardless of the iOS version!

Why settle for 3 boring EQ presets that only work on iOS 10 or later?

Hand over the power of a customizable 12-band graphic EQ or even fully user-configurable 12-band parametric EQ to your customer and watch your product sales numbers soar above the sound of the rest!

 

 

 

Enable the consumer to “breath new life” into older Lightning-enable iOS devices with meaningful product differentiation!

Bring the power of even more differentiated audio processing features to your customer base, to help them get the most out of their entertainment experience, regardless of what they choose to listen to or watch on their iOS device. Don’t settle for a product that only enables the EQ to work when the iOS App is running in the foreground or background.

With the Tempo TDTSI017 reference design, the OEM / ODM is once again free to focus on simply making a high-quality, highly differentiated mobile audio accessory product, all without their having to learn a single line of DSP code, debug microcontroller code, master Swift 3 or Object C code or retain an iOS App Developer, learn how to setup a cloud-based server, or how to develop, certify and maintain an iOS App for the entire product life-cycle of your Lightning Audio Accessory.

Please contact sales@temposemi.com if you are interested in obtaining the TDTSI017 (Rev E) reference design files, evaluating the TDTSI017 (Rev E) demo board, experimenting with the ASC Tool, or even experiencing how simple it is to realize AUDIBLE product differentiation within minutes with the TempoSound iOS tool.

 

The TDTSI010 Reference Design – USB-C: More power, near universal acceptance…

Traditionally, audio accessory OEM / ODMs only had to focus on doing one thing: Making excellent, sounding portable audio accessory products.

Nearly identical to the advent of the Lightning connector, the new USB-C connector along with the near simultaneous disappearance of the 3.5mm analog audio jack from mobile devices, has also brought about a whole new host of market opportunities… as well as whole host of challenges for these companies.

The TDTSI010 is Tempo’s USB-C Headphone / HeadsetFemale 3.5mm Adapter reference design, and features the brand new  from SiLabs.

This highly cost-effective solution is targeted at Android / Windows / MacOS X / Linux OS-powered mobile / desktop / laptop / tablet devices. The TDTSI101 is available to all customers upon execution of a mutual NDA. This highly unique solution is offered both with and without integrated charging capability using a female USB-mini / micro / Type-C connector.

Spend your resources fine-tuning your mechanical ID, not your microcontroller code

All USB-C based versions of the design employ the CP2616 – USB to I2S Digital Audio Bridge Controller which saves the OEM / ODM the agony of having to learn and then debug complex microcontroller coding or start from scratch using other vendors “example source code”. Tempo provides the configuration file for the TSCS25xx (the same device that is on the CP2615 Evaluation Board) that is loaded into the SiLabs Express tool. What could be simpler?

 

Spend your energy focusing on product differentiation, not spinning PCB boards

Naturally, a schematic, BOM, and 4-layer PCB layout files (native and Gerbers) are made available to our customers (just like all other audio IC vendors do), HOWEVER, the design files that Tempo provides have been designed with RoHS, WEEE, CE, FCC and DfM compliance in mind, DRAMATICALLY reducing your Time to Market. Just because others might also have a “reference design” doesn’t mean it is ready to take to production.

 

Spend your time improving the acoustics, not coding DSPs

Tempo also offers a simple-to-use Windows®-based GUI (Tempo ASC) that enables the acoustical engineer to generate the design-specific DSP “tuning” files (*.PNL) for inclusion inside the TSCT8x firmware image. There is even an automatic function that generates the inverse EQ curve from a customer-provided target SPL curve that can be entered into the GUI in minutes. Obtaining a flat frequency response can then be realized within seconds. The generated PNL file is used to help customize the CP2615 configuration file that can be loaded into the end-product via the Android app (residing inside the CP2615 Flash memory) or via the CP2615 Evaluation Board.

 

 

 

 

 

Spend your money on your product launch campaign, not hiring an App Developer

The TempoSound Android App delivers both NRE and Lifetime Support savings, not to mention halving your product development timeline!

The default functionality of the TempoSound Android App enables firmware updating capability of the USB-C audio accessory product with firmware that is located in the cloud without incurring such outsourcing or internal engineering development overhead to the OEM / ODM.

Naturally, Tempo supports requests for OEM / ODM customization to this Android app included as part of the value that our complete turn-key solution enables.

Why settle for an “analog headset solution” that happens to use a USB-C connector? Go digital, or go home!

Ready to take your product to the next level?

The TempoMax Android App (coming soon) enables a whole host of additional features that enable the OEM / ODM to enable a differentiated product that goes far beyond what other solutions offer today!

Hand over the power of a customizable 12-band graphic EQ or even fully user-configurable 12-band parametric EQ to your customer and watch your product sales numbers soar above the sound of the rest!

What about Google Android? Depending on the HW of your mobile device and the SDK, we have tested a variety of devices that work seamlessly!

Running Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 on your PC with USB-C? Plug-and-play.

What about your new MacBook Pro running the latest version of Mac OS X? Bring it on!

Running RedHat on your PC? No problem.

Raspbian running on your Rapberry Pi3? Fine.

Please contact sales@temposemi.com if you are interested in learning more about the TDTSI010 reference design, evaluating the TDTSI010 demo board or obtaining up to 10 samples of the TSCS25xx CODEC free of charge.

 

The TSIEXT001 Reference Design – A Complete Digital Audio Solution Embedded inside the USB-C Connector

While nearly identical to the TDTSI010 USB-C dongle from a functional standpoint (sans buttons, microphone, board size and cables), the TSIEXT001 is Tempo’s USB-C Headphone / HeadsetFemale 3.5mm Adapter embedded connector housing reference design. It also features the brand new CP2616 – USB to I2S Digital Audio Bridge Controller from SiLabs. This highly cost-effective solution is targeted at Android / Windows / MacOS X / Linux OS-powered mobile / desktop / laptop / tablet devices. The TSIEXT001 is available to all customers upon execution of a mutual NDA. This highly unique solution is offered with and without integrated charging capability using a female USB connector.

 

Please contact sales@temposemi.com if you are interested in learning more about the TSIEXT001 reference design, evaluating the TSIEXT001 demo board or obtaining up to 10 samples of the TSCS25xx CODEC free of charge.