SAN JOSE, Calif. - Tripath Technology Inc., a semiconductor company that develops amplification products for the digital media and electronics markets, will provide an audio amplifier for Sanyo Electric Co.'s new plasma and liquid crystal display television lines.
Tripath's Class-T(TM) TA2024 digital audio amplifier, which produces Hi-Fi stereo sound, will be featured in a number of televisions marketed under Sanyo's Vizon brand.
The high-end model has a 42-inch wide screen and is equipped with an analog, satellite and a digital tuner. This configuration readies it for digital broadcasting. In addition to the 42-inch model, Sanyo has 37-inch models and 30-inch models using Tripath's amplifier. Sanyo also introduced a large-screen LCD television with Tripath's TA2024.
"We are pleased that Sanyo continues to choose Tripath's product for their new flat panel TV line," said Adya Tripathi, chairman, president and CEO of Tripath. "This is the third generation of Sanyo TVs incorporating Class-T(TM) amplifiers and it validates Tripath's (products.)
"We believe Tripath's digital amplifier is becoming a de-facto standard in the flat panel display application thanks to its high efficiency and high quality sound," he added.
Tripath's Class-T(TM) digital audio amplifiers are also currently integrated in other flat panel display products from Hitachi Ltd., Samsung, JVC, Toshiba and Sharp Corp.
Based in San Jose, Tripath owns the patented technology called Digital Power Processing, which combines modern advances in digital signal processing and power processing. Tripath's current customers include Sony Corp., Aiwa America Inc., Panasonic, Hitachi and Apple Computer Inc.
Revenues for fiscal year 2002 were $16.2 million, a 20 percent increase over revenues of $13.5 million for fiscal year 2001. Revenues for the second quarter of 2002 were $3.1 million, a 3 percent increase over revenues from the first quarter of the year. However, this year's second quarter numbers were down 48 percent over the numbers from the second quarter of 2002, when the company generated $6.1 million in revenues.
Sanyo is a $20 billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer and commercial electronics, including multimedia and telecommunication products.