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March 29, 2005

AMI Semiconductor - Medical E-bulletin, March 20051

From: AMI Semiconductor - Mar 29, 2005

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American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Expo 2005

March 31 - April 2, 2005
Washington Convention Center
Washington DC
Booth #1866

AMIS will be previewing our new SignaKlara software development platform and support tools in addition to Orelaâ„¢ 4500 and Toccata Plusâ„¢, our DSP-based mixed-signal hybrids for advanced digital hearing aids. Stop by the booth for more information or to request a preview of our latest development tools.
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Hearing Aid Design Benefits From DSPs
Electronics Weekly, Feb. 05

The difficulty of processing audio signals in real-time, using any of a number of complex algorithms, on a chip that must fit either behind or inside your ear and run off a tiny zinc air battery makes hearing aids a singularly demanding application for DSPs.

It is about 15 years since the first digitally-programmable analogue-based designs began to appear, and nearly ten since fully-DSP devices came along. Today, rather than a user having to select one of a handful of programmes according to the prevailing sonic landscape, advanced hearing aids will automatically detect their environment and adapt the processing scheme accordingly.
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Making Reliability a Medical Matter – How New Technology is Filling a Growing Need for Reliable, Low-Power Implant Devices
EDE, March 05

Medical device technology has recently advanced rapidly, enabling better and less intrusive patient care. Semiconductor designs are ever-shrinking and combine analogue circuits and digital signal processing in a single device, helping designers bring new generations of reliable, low-power, implant devices to market.

The availability of numerous analogue and digital IP building blocks will help to reduce development time and costs, and simplify the implementation of technology in medical applications.
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Orelaâ„¢ 4500 Series Brings Breakthrough Audio Processing to High-end Digital Hearing Aids

The Orela 4500 series provides breakthrough performance in DSP-based hearing aid applications, providing exceptional sound quality and an unmatched listening experience for hearing aid users, all delivered with ultra-low power consumption.

For manufacturers of advanced digital hearing aids, the open system architecture of the Orela 4500 offers unparalleled flexibility. The AMI Semiconductor platform can be easily reconfigured for a broad range of hearing profiles, while algorithms can be refined and optimized during the development process and throughout an instrument’s lifecycle.
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