Headphones are very common audio equipment in our daily lives. In this small device, there are actually complex parts. The performance of the audio chip determines the sound quality of the headphones to a large extent. In theory, the more advanced the audio chip manufacturing process, the stronger its performance.
However, the headphones are among those products that suffer from a global chip shortage problem. Some analysts prove it’s far from being over. Others think, for concrete industries, it already has no effect. But the thing is in all industries, the companies have had to cancel some models from their products lists.
Chip Shortage Opens New Opportunities
Recently, BusinessInsider said that as chip supply continues to be tight and wafer costs have soared, some companies have begun to transform their production models. Thus, they are redesigning chip products to somehow reduce wafer demand.
Richard Barnett, Chief Marketing Officer of Supplyframe, an electronics industry analyst firm, said, “But overall, none of these moves are enough to completely avoid the impact that’s affecting everyone and will continue to affect everyone.”
He also said that in the face of chip shortages, the affected companies lacked the means to cope. Also, these short-term strategies can only solve the problem for the moment. Moreover, long-term investments may take months or years to take effect. In his view, the chip shortage will continue until 2023.
Well, we know this situation made many firms revise their plans. But this also opens big opportunities for component manufacturers. Especially, in China, many companies appeared, trying to meet the demand. Say, Hengxuan Technology stated that its 12nm chips will be mass-produced next year.
Xiaomi Headphones To Use New 12nm Chips
Hengxuan Technology is the industry’s leading supplier of smart audio chips. It currently has three main series of products. Among them, the smart Bluetooth audio chip comes with 28nm technology, lower power consumption, and supports smart voice and hybrid active noise reduction. Also, it supports IBRT’s true wireless technology. The remaining audio chips basically are 40nm chips.
As for the company itself, Hengxuan Technology was established in early 2015. The core customers are from well-known domestic high-tech companies. They are mainly engaged in the R&D, design, and sales of intelligent audio SoC. So they provide customers with edge intelligent master control platform chips with voice interaction capabilities in AIoT scenarios. Their products are widely used in smart terminal products such as smart Bluetooth headphones and smart speakers.
By the way, the official website shows that the company’s partners include Xiaomi, JBL, Sony, Meizu, and Baidu.