We had an amazing time at last week's International Consumer Electronics Show. We saw were so many incredible products there, and lots of possible applications for Indice's ADC and DAC technology. Of course, we spent a bit of time with the Rare Audio team to celebrate the selection of its Element 4.1 car audio amplifier as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree. The amplifier features Indice Semiconductor components, including an amplifier module and a power supply unit. Indice’s electrolytic capacitor-free amplifier module ensures the Element 4.1 has a slimline, modern look, while improving the reliability and lifespan of the unit. In keeping with our high standards of audio quality, 350WRMS @ 1% THD into 4 Ω, 700WRMS into 2Ω mean the Element 4.1 amplifier has incredible high fidelity sound, with half a horse power per speaker. An SNR of >108dB ensures no audible hiss, even when the car engine is turned off. We also met with some interesting people to talk about our Blade power amplifier module, which has an impressive high-resolution frequency response of >50kHz. The Blade delivers uncompromising control of speakers with excellent attack, fade and phase response, and has an incredible 114dB SNR and THD <0.003. This is only possible with our proprietary Continuous SigmaTM encoding with direct drive technology. When we weren't talking about amplifiers, we did manage to step out onto the show floor to explore some of the other wonders of CES. Are guys in the Indice innovations lab love 3D printing, and a couple of our engineers have built their own, so naturally we checked out the 3D printing section of the show. It is well documented that engineers love pizza, so it should come as no surprise that this was [...]
Rare Audio today announced that it has been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its Element 4.1 Car Audio Amplifier. Powered by an Indice designed audio amplifier module and power supply unit, the Element 4.1 features Bluetooth streaming and telephony, as well as Apple/Android phone and tablet applications. “Particular attention has been paid to the user experience with an enhanced GUI, as well as Apple and Android configuration apps,” says Julian Merritt, Director of Rare Audio. “Bluetooth audio enables users to stream music from their Bluetooth device, to make and receive phone calls, and enables remote software downloads ensuring users get the latest feature and performance upgrades automatically. Bluetooth opens the door for users to play their favorite music streams from Pandora and Spotify when their device is connected to the internet.” Benefiting from the Indice amplifier module's ultra low harmonic and intermod distortion and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio, this product has achieved truly class-leading power density and sound quality. Indice's electrolytic capacitor-free amplifier module ensured the Element 4.1 has a slimline, modern look, while improving the reliability and lifespan of the unit. In-keeping with Indice's high standards of audio quality, 350WRMS @ 1% THD into 4 Ω, 700WRMS into 2Ω mean the Element 4.1 amplifier has incredible high fidelity sound, with half a horse power per speaker. An SNR of >108dB ensures no audible hiss, even when the car engine is turned off. Because of its efficiency, low noise level and its regenerative power supply unit, the Element 4.1 is particularly well suited to electric or hybrid vehicles. “Thanks to the design of the amplifier stages, the Element 4.1 amplifier has overcome inherent existing D class amplifier issues such as radio interference and carrier frequency problems without the need [...]
As Tesla pushes forward into the European and Chinese markets, online publication CleanTechnica speculated today whether the luxury vehicle manufacturer is looking at pricing cuts, in addition to streamlined logistics, to ensure overseas success. Reports show lowered prices in European markets also, with a close to 7,000 Euro drop in the price of a Tesla Model S in Germany. The reason for this isn't clear: it could signify low demand, or perhaps it is part of Elon Musk's strategy to sell more cars in the region. Musk declared last month that "towards the end of the year, we expect sales in those regions combined to be almost twice that of North America." Tesla also isn't planning on price hikes in China to take advantage of a premium-car loving market. The price will reflect increased shipping costs, duties and taxes, however Tesla won't be increasing its margin on Chinese sales. Yesterday CleanTechnica also published the results of a reader poll on what will be the "Top-Selling Electric Car in US & Europe in 2014", with the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S topping both lists. In the US the Toyota Prius Plug-in and Chevy Volt are also likely to be popular, while Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway favoured the BMW i3, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in and the Renault Zoe. CleanTechnica boasts to be the world's number one most trafficked cleantech-focused website, with around 186,000 unique visitors per month. Read the full article about Tesla's European and Chinese pricing here. Read the full article about 2014 top-selling electric cars here.
This week, Indice Audio exhibited at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 promoting the launch of the Rare Audio Amplifier and an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help with the first production run. The Rare Audio amplifier, a collaboration between Indice Audio and mObridge, was described as a "game changer" by one exhibition patron, while others marveled at the regenerative power supply and the extraordinarily small form factor. The Rare Audio Amplifier is setting new benchmarks for performance in car audio, thanks to Indice's power control algorithm. In comparison to many competitor products being demonstrated at the show, the Rare Audio Amplifier features a capacitor free design and thermal management. The amplifier and PSU modules, designed by Indice Audio, can also be independently integrated into next generation premium car amplifiers. International CES is considered one of the world's most important electronics shows, demonstrating products from global innovators. Held over four days, over 50,000 exhibitors display the latest in robotics, gaming, 3D printer technology and so more, to approximately 150,000 attendees (figures based on 2013 attendance). In addition to showcasing the market-ready product, Rare Audio has also started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to ramp up production of the amplifiers and reach critical mass for purchase of key components and materials. The campaign offers supporters a variety of funding options, ranging from small donations to the ability to purchase one of the first amplifiers to roll off the production line. Those who make the purchase are also encouraged to provide feedback on installation and usage experiences, which will be used for continuous improvement of the product. International CES is on for one more day, so to hear the power and precision of the Rare Audio Amplifier for yourself, visit the Rare Audio Mobridge stand (Booth [...]