HARMAN Announces Industry’s First Commercially Available Directional MEMS Microphones

HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), announced today that it will be introducing the world’s first directional microphones based on MEMS technology. This family of designs that patents have already been applied for includes analog and digital unidirectional and noise-canceling type microphones with industry leading SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) of up to 68 dBA and frequency responses up to 20kHz.

Applications for the new, high-performance directional MEMS microphones are very broad and include wearable smart devices, PCs, smart TVs, gaming and set-top boxes, automotive speech input, video and audio conferencing, or any other application requiring high-quality, small form factor directional microphones.

Analog versions of these directional MEMS microphones are available for sampling immediately with mass production slated for the spring of 2014. Digital versions of directional MEMS microphones will be available for sampling next spring with mass production scheduled for the summer of 2014.

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