THX Partners with Triad Semiconductor to Bring THX AAA™ ASIC to Market

New THX AAA™ Headphone Amplifier Offers World’s Lowest Levels of Distortion, Noise and Power Consumption

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — THX, renowned for the certification of world-class cinemas and electronic devices, has partnered with Triad Semiconductor to manufacture its revolutionary headphone amplifier ASIC. Initially revealed last week, the THX AAA™ Headphone Amplifier technology offers the world’s lowest levels of distortion and noise alongside incredibly low power consumption. It outperforms every other amplifier technology in the marketplace and guarantees the highest quality audio experience for consumer entertainment systems including music, cinema, VR and more.

“Following the announcement of THX AAA™ Headphone Amplifier technology, we are excited to name a top tier partner to bring THX AAA™ to market,” said Ty Ahmad-Taylor, CEO at THX. “Triad shares our passion for supporting innovation in AV technologies with our headphone amplifier OEMs and will be able to provide a new, previously unattainable level of listening experience for consumers.”

Leveraging THX AAA™, the TSTHX-88 will be the industry’s best headphone amplifier ASIC. TSTHX-88 reduces harmonic, intermodulation, and crossover distortions by 20x to less than -126 dB for the absolute best audio fidelity, and uses near-zero bias current and advanced Class G power management to dramatically decrease power consumption by 10x for incredibly long battery life. The TSTHX-88 also produces powerful performance with any headphone type, outputting a formidable 2.2 Volts rms into 300 Ohms and 2 x 63 milli-Watts into 16 Ohms. TSTHX-88 enables exquisite sound quality, smaller batteries, extended playtime and is perfect for products such as digital and wireless headphones, noise-canceling headphones, VR headsets, portable media players, and premium notebooks and tablets.

The superior THX AAA™ Technology is in the good hands of world-class IC designers TRIAD who recently architected the integrated circuits for Valve’s virtual reality room-scale tracking. “Truly immersive virtual reality demands high fidelity motion, visual and audio cues,” said Reid Wender, VP Sales and Marketing at Triad Semiconductor. “We have been helping companies create riveting VR experiences by delivering the world’s best room-scale motion tracking and visual experience. Now, we are excited to work with THX to develop integrated devices that will deliver compelling THX AAA™ audio fidelity and low power operation to VR and wireless headset markets. Users will hear the difference and love the longer battery life that AAA audio delivers.”

Chips with THX AAA™ are expected to debut at CES 2018.

About THX:
Founded by legendary filmmaker George Lucas in 1983, THX and its partners provide premium entertainment experiences in the cinema, in the home and on the go. Over the past thirty years, THX has expanded its certification categories past studios and cinemas to consumer electronics, content, automotive systems and THX Live!, a live-entertainment certification program that premiered at Beyoncé’s 2016 Formation World Tour. Today, THX continues to redefine entertainment, providing assurance of superior quality and high performance experiences that guarantee an artist’s vision is truthfully delivered to audiences worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.thx.com.

THX Media Contacts:
Allied Integrated Marketing
Ginger Chan / Vice President, National Publicity / GChan@alliedim.com
Nyrie McKenzie / Publicist – NY / NMckenzie@alliedim.com

About Triad Semiconductor:
Triad Semiconductor designs and manufactures analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. Customers partner with Triad to deliver innovative electronic concepts to emerging markets in record time. How fast? Sixty days from project start to working silicon is our current record.

For more information, please visit www.triadsemi.com.

Media Contacts:
Triad Semiconductor
Reid Wender / VP Sales and Marketing / rwender@triadsemi.com