Conventional speakers require a balance between mechanical, acoustical and electrical resonances. As a speaker shrinks in size, keeping the resonance balanced is a complex challenge and the quality of sound is compromised.
We have developed a unique technology which, instead of attempting to solve the problem, actually turns it on its head. Our unique technology generates ultrasound from multiple speakers, each as wide as a strand of hair, and then transforms the ultrasound to sound using a patented acousto-mechanical frequency transformer.
The ultrasound speakers and frequency transformers are realized as a solid state MEMS device. The MEMS device is manufactured using semiconductor technologies leveraging the semiconductor eco system for scalability and price trajectory.
The outcome is clear: maximum sound quality in minimal size.
A small speaker generates ultrasound. The ultrasound propagates through a time varying acoustic channel which is an acoustic modulator. A large channel enables the ultrasound to pass and a small channel attenuates the ultrasound. The modulator shifts the ultrasound frequency to create sound
Sound from ultrasound speaker creates a volume velocity source. A standard speaker in earphone applications has a constant sound level for lower frequencies and drop short at higher frequencies (black line). A volume velocity source provides a constant volume velocity of air regardless of frequency and in earphone applications has increasing SPL for lower frequencies and extended SPL at high frequencies (green line).