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Wolfson Microelectronics plc is a multinational microelectronics and fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. It specialises in signal processing and mixed-signal chips for the consumer electronics market and has engineering and sales offices throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. Wikipedia.


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Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-07-02

Methods and apparatus for detection and tracking of a signal envelope. The circuit comprises absolute value circuitry configured to receive data samples and output a first value corresponding to the magnitude of said data samples. An envelope tracker maintains an envelope output value and compares the first value to the current envelope output value and modifies the envelope output value based on said comparison to provide the envelope output value with predetermined attack and decay characteristics. The absolute value circuitry has a first input for receiving a first digital signal at a first sample rate and a second input for receiving an interpolated version of the first digital signal at a second sample rate which is higher than the first sample rate and outputs the first value based on the magnitudes of the samples received at the first input and the samples received at the second input. Using the first digital signal provides an early indication of any increases in signal envelope whereas the second digital signal can allow a more accurate estimation.


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Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-10-22

Methods and apparatus for Class-D amplifier circuits with improved power efficiency. The circuit has an output stage with at least first and second switches and a modulator that receives an input signal to be amplified, S


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Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-04-03

A host device for use with a removable peripheral apparatus having a microphone, and to the biasing circuitry for said microphone. The host device may have a device connector for forming a mating connection with a respective peripheral connector. A source of bias is arranged to supply an electrical bias to a device microphone contact of the device connector via a biasing path. A capacitor is connected between a reference voltage node and a capacitor node of the biasing path. A first switch is located between the capacitor node and the device microphone contact. Detection circuitry detects disconnection of the peripheral connector and device connector; and control circuitry controls the switch to disable the biasing path.


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Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-02-10

A MEMS capacitive transducer with increased robustness and resilience to acoustic shock. The transducer structure includes a flexible membrane supported between a first volume and a second volume, and at least one variable vent structure in communication with at least one of the first and second volumes. The variable vent structure includes at least one moveable portion which is moveable in response to a pressure differential across the moveable portion so as to vary the size of a flow path through the vent structure. The variable vent may be formed through the membrane and the moveable portion may be a part of the membrane, defined by one or more channels, that is deflectable away from the surface of the membrane. The variable vent is preferably closed in the normal range of pressure differentials but opens at high pressure differentials to provide more rapid equalisation of the air volumes above and below the membrane.


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Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-02-06

A signal amplifying circuit and associated methods and apparatuses, the circuit comprising: a signal path extending from an input terminal to an output terminal, a gain controller arranged to control the gain applied along the signal path in response to a control signal; an output stage within the signal path for generating the output signal, the output stage having a gain that is substantially independent of its supply voltage, and a variable voltage power supply comprising a charge pump for providing positive and negative output voltages, the charge pump comprising a network of switches that is operable in a number of different states and a controller for operating the switches in a sequence of the states so as to generate positive and negative output voltages together spanning a voltage approximately equal to the input voltage.

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