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Wolfson breaks Qualcomm bundle in new Sharp smartphone

Wolfson's WM5102 high definition (hd) audio hub has been designed into Sharp's latest AQUOS smartphones and tablets.

The product range includes what Wolfson believes to be the first 4G enabled devices to use a Wolfson Audio Hub alongside a Qualcomm application processor and LTE baseband modem.

Takahisa Yamada, general manager of Wolfson Japan, said: "It is great news that Sharp has once again demonstrated its confidence in our audio technology by adopting the WM5102 for its latest smartphones. Audio quality is fast becoming a key differentiating feature in mobile devices and the WM5102 enables Sharp to deliver an outstanding consumer audio experience in its latest range of smartphone and tablet devices."

The WM5102 enables intelligible, natural sounding conversation and reduces background noise transmitted via voice calls by up to 90%. A signal to noise ratio of 113dB enables high quality audio with minimal power consumption.

The announcement is said by Wolfson to build on its existing partnership with Sharp, which integrated Wolfson audio technology into its AQUOS PHONE st SH-07D smartphone last year.

Graham Pitcher

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