AES New York 2011
Product Design Session PD4

Friday, October 21, 11:30 am — 1:00 pm (Room: 1E12)

PD4 - Real-Time Audio Processing Capabilities of Microcontrollers and Application Processors

Paul Beckmann

Microcontrollers and application processors have been steadily improving in performance to the point where they are being seriously considered by many audio product developers. Although they don't have all of the features found in traditional DSP processors, their performance has been boosted via DSP specific instructions and ever increasing clock speeds. This workshop carefully compares the architectures of microcontrollers and application processors with traditional DSPs with an eye towards their suitability for real-time audio processing. Measurements of the performance of individual low-level functions and complete signal chains on actual hardware are presented and we show what types of products can be realistically supported by each processor type.

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