Today's joint announcement from Microsoft and Cirrus Logic to further develop next-generation portable music devices will inevitably fuel more debate over the benefits of Windows Media audio (WMA) over MP3.
But it is Cirrus' development of its new Maverick System-on-Chip (SOC) silicon that is the real marvel of the initiative, a small, but powerful, processing engine that promises to combine nth-degree integration with Pentium 100MHz-level performance to turbocharge the next wave of handheld audio players.
Cirrus re-wrote the processing rulebook with its strategy of developing market-specific chips, but exactly how has it managed to squeeze so much performance out of its latest flagship audio SOCs?
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