TI products bring to life new high-end music player

A well-known maker of music players in China is bringing its latest device to the United States, and it is packed with TI technology.

TI recently secured most of the semiconductor content in the FiiO X5 portable music player, which hit the market in China in January and will be released worldwide in the coming weeks.

 “TI has helped FiiO become a major supplier in the hi-fidelity music player market and headphone amplifier market. We have built an excellent relationship with FiiO through technical, supply and price support,” said Johnson Li, TI account manager based in Guangzhou City, China.

Founded in 2007, the Guangzhou-based FiiO brand has gained significant recognition around the world. The company’s focus on high quality, performance and value has made FiiO a favorite among consumers, according to Johnson.

The X5 is considered the company’s high-end product and offers many improvements over its predecessor, the X3, which also contains TI chips (LM2663 voltage converter, TS5A3160 analog switch and TPS61085 DC/DC converter). Johnson’s team is also working to design TI parts into the new X1 and X7 launching later this year.

The new FiiO X5 music player contains five TI products: LMH6643 amplifier, OPA1612 amplifier, PCM1792ADBR stereo digital-to-analog converter (DAC), TS5A3160DCKR analog switch and LM2663MX voltage converter.

The X5, which comes in black, contains three output ports: headphone out, line out and coaxial digital out for multiple connection options to home theater systems, audio/video receivers and other devices.  The X5 contains a 3,700 mAh 3.7-Volt lithium polymer battery with a run time of more than 10 hours. The product weighs less than seven ounces, is 2.66 inches wide and 4.4 inches in length, 0.6 inches thick, and has a 2.4-inch LCD display. It retails in the United States for $350.