Cirrus Logic MFi Headset Development Kit Simplifies Design of Lightning-Based Audio Accessories

Reference Platform Accelerates Time to Market for New Generation of Digital Headsets

AUSTIN, Texas - June 29, 2016 - Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS), a leader in high-precision analog and digital signal processing products, has announced the availability of its MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help OEMs quickly develop new Lightning®-based digital headsets.

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The Cirrus Logic MFi Headset Development Kit is a reference platform
that is designed to help OEMs quickly develop new Lightning<sup class='reg'>®</sup>-based digital headsets. (Graphic: Business Wire)
The Cirrus Logic MFi Headset Development Kit is a reference platform that is designed to help OEMs quickly develop new Lightning®-based digital headsets. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“New digital connectivity in mobile devices, including the Lightning-based interface, is creating opportunities for OEMs to innovate in product design and is accelerating the transition from analog- to digital-connected products within today’s billion-unit headset and headphone market,” said Carl Alberty, vice president of Audio Products Marketing, Cirrus Logic. “Our MFi reference design provides a complete high-performance, digital-headset solution and a reference iOS application to support the rapid development of these emerging consumer products.”

The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of Lightning-connected headsets over conventional analog headsets. For example, digital connectivity with an integrated, high-performance DAC and headphone driver delivers high-fidelity audio to the headphone speakers. In addition, Lightning-connected headphones can interact with an iOS app to create a more custom audio experience, such as personalized EQ settings.

The Cirrus Logic MFi Headset Development Kit includes a form factor reference design and a development board for debugging, as well as MCU programming and audio performance measurement. Both boards are pre-programmed to support a demonstration of high-performance digital audio playback and voice capture, enabling developers to evaluate a prototype within minutes. The design can be adapted to any headset form factor, including earbuds and over-the-ear designs.

The Cirrus Logic HiFi MFi Headset Development Kit is available to MFi licensees through the MFi procurement portal. Please visit https://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi/ for more information on the MFi program.

For more information about Cirrus Logic and the HiFi MFi Headset Development Kit, please visit the Cirrus Logic website.

Cirrus Logic, Inc.

Cirrus Logic is a leader in high performance, low-power ICs for audio and voice signal processing applications. Cirrus Logic’s products span the entire audio signal chain, from capture to playback, providing innovative products for the world’s top smartphones, tablets, digital headsets, wearables and emerging smart home applications. With headquarters in Austin, Texas, Cirrus Logic is recognized globally for its award-winning corporate culture. Check us out at www.cirrus.com.

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