Automotive Class D power amp startup gains funds

Automotive Class D power amp startup gains funds

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By Peter Clarke

Shanghai Xinling Semiconductor Technology Co. Ltd. has announced an undisclosed pre-A round of finance to develop automotive-grade audio power amplifier chips.

The company has taped-out its first multi-channel automotive-grade Class D amplifier chip less than one year after its founding.

The round was led by AAC Technologies Holdings, Inc. (Shenzhen, China), best known as a supplier of miniaturized microphones and speakers for portable and wearable electronics.

This round of financing will be used for the development and mass production of automotive-grade Class D power amplifier chips, as well as R&D and scaling up the size of the company.

Xinling Semiconductor was established in July 2021 to meet a rapidly expanding market for in-car audio. Sinolink Securities has reportedly said that the number of speakers is moving from 4 to 6 to between 12 and 22. In addition, class D power amplifiers with output over 50 watts all come from international suppliers, such as NXP, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments. Xinling intends to provide a Chinese alternative.

Xinling Semiconductor has plans to complete the development of a variety of power amplifiers for automotive pre-installation within one to three years.

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