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Wolfson Audio Card from Newark element14 - High Definition Audio for the Raspberry Pi®

High quality audio playback, stereo recording and voice control inspiration for a sound wave of new Pi innovations

March 13, 2014 – CHICAGO – Raspberry Pi® owners can now use new high quality audio capabilities as the inspiration for their latest Pi innovations thanks to the new Wolfson Audio Card available exclusively from Newark element14. The card brings both line-in, line-out headphone and headset support, on-board stereo microphones, and digital audio S/PDIF functionality onto the Raspberry Pi® for the first time, opening up a wide range of exciting new possibilities such as using the device to create a voice controlled wireless home media network capable of running 24-bit "better than CD quality" music playback.

The Wolfson Audio Card has been developed by Wolfson Microelectronics, the audio expert that has more than two billion chips designed in to many of the world's leading consumer devices, from high-end audiophile equipment brands such as Linn and Astell&Kern, through to popular mass market devices like the Samsung GALAXY range of smartphones.

There are hundreds of applications based around four key features that can inspire developers to create and post their ideas on the recently launched Pi Projects resource page:

PLAY

  • Play back High Definition audio files
  • Stereo line-in and line-out ports to connect to your hi-fi system for sound playback and recording on the Raspberry Pi®

TALK

  • Build a VoIP conference phone for your Raspberry Pi® using the Wolfson Audio Card
  • Connect a boom microphone and headset to make hands-free calls using VoIP telephony

RECORD

  • Record High Definition audio using any of the microphones or line-in ports
  • Voice activation– onboard stereo digital microphones makes this the perfect solution to voice activate your project

SHARE

  • Connect the Raspberry Pi® to the cloud and play your music anywhere around the house
  • Develop and play online games with your friends that allow in-game audio via a gaming headset

The Wolfson Audio Card costs $33.62 and is available to buy exclusively from Farnell element14 in Europe, CPC in the UK and Ireland, Newark element14 and MCM in North America and element14 in Asia Pacific.

To celebrate the launch, Wolfson and Newark element14 have teamed up with HDtracks, the source for studio master quality music downloads, to offer Wolfson Audio Card customers a free five-track 96kHz/24-bit quality music playlist*, to show off the high quality audio playback capabilities of the Wolfson Audio Card.

"The Raspberry Pi® has been a phenomenal success, bringing affordable computing and software programming to a new generation of innovators. With the Audio Card, Wolfson is delighted to provide a new accessory that opens up a whole new world of applications to the Pi community," commented Alistair Banham, Senior VP & GM of Custom Solutions at Wolfson Microelectronics. "Working with Newark element14 has given Wolfson the opportunity to bring more high quality audio to the Raspberry Pi® and enable developers, students and hobbyists to experience great audio quality when developing applications."

David Shen, CTO at Newark element14 said: "The Wolfson Audio Card brings an incredibly exciting audio development capability to the millions of people who already use the Raspberry Pi®. With its comprehensive feature set, ease of use and extreme audio quality, designers will have a completely new audio toolset from which to work." At the heart of the Wolfson Audio Card is the WM5102 chip, a highly-integrated Audio Hub which can be found in many smartphones, tablets and other portable audio devices today, and which enables high resolution audio playback such as that normally found on high-end audio equipment. The Audio Card also includes Wolfson's WM8804 high performance consumer mode S/PDIF digital interface transceiver and dual WM7220 Wolfson digital MEMS microphones for high quality audio capture and record.

Raspberry Pi is a registered trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Notes to Editors:

*Free HDtracks playlist now available to download from the Wolfson Audio Card community page from element14:

  • I Ching, Of The Marsh and the Moon – Gadamaylin
  • David Chesky * Billy Drummond * Javon Jackson * Jeremy Pelt * Peter Washington, Jazz in the New Harmonic – American Culture X
  • Amber Rubarth, Sessions from the 9th Ward – Novacaine
  • Dr.Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show! – Sami Bayyati
  • Dr.Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show! – Mozart Ave verum

All tracks are 96kHz/24-bit quality. Courtesy of Chesky Records and HDtracks.com. All rights reserved. Use code: Raspberry15 to receive 15% off your first Hi Res Music Download order from HDtracks – The Ultimate Hi Res Music Download Source with the finest hi res new and classic catalogue releases from every major label across all genres, featuring all of your favourite artists. YOU CAN HEAR THE DIFFERENCE. Expires December 31, 2014. One time use per customer. Territory restrictions may apply.

About Wolfson Microelectronics plc

Wolfson Microelectronics plc is a global leader in the supply of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. In the home, in the office and on the move, Wolfson’s innovative technology can be found at the heart of many of the world’s leading digital consumer goods, including premier hi-fi equipment, smartphones, mobile phones, tablet computers, MP3 players, televisions, digital still cameras and gaming.

The company's headquarters is located in Edinburgh, UK. Wolfson’s customers are located worldwide, and so is Wolfson, with design centres, sales offices, applications teams and engineering expertise across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia.

Wolfson Microelectronics plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: WLF.L).

For more information about Wolfson Microelectronics, please visit: http://www.wolfsonmicro.com

Wolfson PR contacts:
Mona Ghobadi
EML Wildfire
Tel: +44 (0) 208 408 8000
Email: wolfson@emlwildfire.com

Laura Moore
Wolfson Microelectronics plc
Tel: +44 (0)131 272 7000
Email: laura.moore@wolfsonmicro.com

About Newark element14

Newark element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Newark element14 brings together the latest products, services and development software, all connected to an innovative online engineering community where purchasers and engineers can access peers and experts, a wide range of independent technical information and helpful tools. Whether researching a new technology, designing an electronic product, or looking for parts to repair an existing system, Newark element14 is the trusted source to find the answers and parts they need to keep projects on the fast track, right from the start. Newark element14 is the operating business of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) in North America.

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About HDtracks®

HDtracks® is the ultimate hi res music download source offering 24-bit master quality titles from every major label and distributor as well as 100s of Indies across all genres, rock, jazz, classical, country, R&B, and more, featuring bestselling new releases as well as iconic catalog titles. HDtracks offers a variety of format choices, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC. Visit us at www.hdtracks.com and experience music the way it was meant to be heard.

About Chesky Records

Chesky Records is a Grammy Award winning audiophile record label www.chesky.com