MEMS speaker arrays propel USound into automotive applications

MEMS speaker arrays propel USound into automotive applications

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By Peter Clarke

MEMS speaker pioneer USound GmbH (Graz, Austria) has announced its entry into the automotive market with the offer of MEMS speaker arrays. 

The use of arrays of speakers allows directionality of sound in the automotive cabin can be used to produce multiple sweet spots for listening.

MEMS units within an array easily integrated into automotive cabin. Source: USound.

Surround stereo listening is limited to a sweet spot, symmetrically to the speaker set-up. Due to cars’ current audio system design, passengers are outside of this area, either too close to the left speaker or too close to the right speaker, limiting the possibilities for spatially arranging the speakers in cars.

The small size of MEMS speakers allows them to be positioned discretely within the frame of the car, in the headliner or headrest.

USound MEMS speakers from the company’s Ganymede series are qualified to be used in automotive interior applications and withstand extreme temperatures, meeting the automotive standards for electronic components. Also, MEMS speakers from the Conamara series are qualified in a temperature range from -40°C up to +85°C.

USound is currently sampling major automotive OEMs.

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