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12-09-2016

Industry's first 2.1-MHz Class-D amplifier transforms automotive audio design

Texas Instruments » TAS6424-Q1

TI's four-channel amplifier delivers high-resolution audio quality in the smallest footprint

Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the first 2.1-MHz Class-D audio amplifier specifically designed for automotive applications. Supporting high-resolution 96-kHz digital input, the compact TAS6424-Q1 enables high-fidelity audio with low distortion in automotive infotainment applications.

Texas Instruments - TAS6424-Q1

The TAS6424-Q1 enables the use of smaller external filters and eliminates up to 18 external components to reduce system size and cost compared to existing Class-D solutions. With maximum output power of 75 W per channel, the device features the industry's highest switching rate and is the only audio amplifier that switches above the AM band.

Key features and benefits of the TAS6424-Q1 Class-D audio amplifier

  • Reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI):
    Switching above the AM band eliminates the need for complex avoidance schemes and eases electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) designs while enabling the system to meet Comité International Spécial des Perturbations Radioélectriques (CISPR) 25 Class 5 EMC requirements.
     
  • Supports low impedance:
    Maintains stable audio playback while driving low impedance loads of 2 ohms.
     
  • Advanced AC load diagnostics and line driver mode:
    The TAS6424-Q1 provides detailed on-chip phase and impedance measurements that designers can use to configure the device with various outputs, such as woofer, tweeter and line-level connections.
     
  • Enhanced audio quality:
    Improves distortion, power-supply rejection and dynamic response with high-frequency switching.
     
  • Lower noise:
    An integrated digital-to-analog converter helps deliver a low system output noise of 42 µVrms for automotive designs like external amplifiers and head units.
     
  • Better thermal performance:
    Reduces power dissipation by as much as 60 percent compared to Class-AB amplifiers, greatly reducing the need for fans or large heat sinks.

Tools and support to jump-start design

The PurePath™ Console graphical user interface is available to help designers easily configure the TAS6424-Q1. To simulate and optimize the device, designers can download an IBIS model or request a TAS6424-Q1 evaluation module.

TAS6424Q1EVM 2.1 MHz 4 Ch Digital Input Class-D Audio Amplifier w/I2C Diagnostics & Protection Evaluation Module Board
TAS6424Q1EVM 2.1 MHz 4 Ch Digital Input Class-D Audio Amplifier
w/I2C Diagnostics & Protection Evaluation Module Board.

Package, availability and pricing

The TAS6424-Q1 is available now in a PowerPAD™ thermally enhanced shrink small-outline package (HSSOP) from the TI store and authorized distributors. Pricing is US$5.97 in 1,000-unit quantities.

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