Intel's High Definition Audio reaches Final Spec, AC'97 replacement

By Julio Franco
Apr 20, 2004
  1. Intel Corporation turned up the volume for consumer electronics -quality audio on the PC today by releasing the final v1.0 specification for Intel® High Definition Audio.

    This enablement of higher-quality audio is attributed in part to an upgraded architecture and increased bandwidth that allows for 192 kHz, 32-bit, multi-channel audio.

    Expected to replace the aging AC'97 specification developed nearly a decade ago, the High Definition Audio (HD Audio) specification ushers in a new era of sound quality on mainstream and performance PCs, paving the way for broad adoption of next-generation audio. The HD Audio specification is designed to implement a broader range of audio, modem and communications functionalities in PCs, handhelds and CE devices.
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