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Cirrus Logic, Inc. (U.S.) and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (U.S.) are Leading Players in Audio Codec Market


The audio codec is a highly competitive and mature market with established players. The market was dominated by companies in the Americas, followed by those in the APAC. On one side, large companies are dominating the market with their brand image, on the other side, the small players by providing the low cost components are generating pricing pressure in the market. As of 2015, the audio codec hardware market was dominated by Cirrus Logic, Inc. (U.S.), Qualcomm Inc. (U.S.), and Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (Taiwan); whereas, the audio codec software market was dominated by Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (U.S.), Technicolor SA (France), and Qualcomm Inc. (U.S.). These Top 5 players have a strong presence in the audio codec market and have strong R&D facilities and a presence in both mature and emerging markets.

Cirrus Logic, Inc. (U.S.) with its broad product offerings has become the market leader for audio codec hardware market. The company offers codes, ADCs and DACs, digital interface, and amplifiers. Its codec are integrated with analog-to-digital converters and digital-to-analog converters into a single IC. It also offers smart codec codecs, which are the codecs integrated with digital signal processing integrated, active noise cancelling, amplifiers, micro-electromechanical systems microphones, and standalone digital signal processors. Its products find applications in smartphones, tablets, portable media players, wearables, and smart accessories, such as headsets and headphones. The company is focused on strengthening its market position across the various geographical regions by acquiring companies and increasing its product portfolio. In line with this, in April 2014, the company acquired Wolfson Microelectronics plc (U.K.).

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (U.S.) is the largest audio codec software licensing provider. The company licences its technologies such as Dolby Digital Plus (DD+), Dolby Digital (DD), AAC & HE-AAC, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby AC-4, Dolby Voice, and Dolby Vision. The company licences its technologies to applications such as broadcast market products including televisions & STBs; PC market products such as Windows and Apple operating systems; consumer electronics market products such as DVD and Blu-ray disc devices, AVRs, DMAs, HTIBs, and sound bars; mobile market products such as smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices; and other markets products including video game consoles, automobile entertainment, and audio conferencing. Dolby Laboratories, Inc. is focused to expand its business beyond its audio licencing business. The company is focused on introducing new products to reach a wide customer base and markets. In line with this, the company introduced Dolby Voice technology for the communications market, Dolby Cinema for quality theater experience, and Dolby Vision for the home and cinema markets.

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Audio Codec Market by Component (Hardware and Software), Channel Type (Mono-Codec, Stereo Codec, and Multi-channel Codec), Compression Type (Non-Compression, Lossless Compression, and Lossy Compression), Application, & Geography - Global Forecast to 2022

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