HiWave

HiWave Technologies PLC develops and sells electronic components and sub-assemblies that enable designers of consumer electronic devices to add outstanding user appeal to their products. HiWave creates a new level of human interaction with electronic devices through innovative sound and touch technologies. The company’s products are founded upon a unique combination of intellectual property that spans control electronics and physical components such as transducers.
Audio (I)DML exciter products
(II)BMR full-range high quality driver products
(III)Ultra-efficient audio power amplifier products
Haptic (I)Exciter products
(II)Control electronics products

 

(I)DML exciter products

The table below shows the families of audio exciters available from HiWave. High-Shove Exciters deliver more energy to the surface or panel than standard exciters, and Low Profile Exciters have been developed for the thinnest of applications. Special Use Exciters include robust and ruggedised units.

Standard Exciters

Part No. Max Power Rating Nominal Impedance Maximum Outside Diameter (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (g)
HIAX32C30-4/B 30W rms 4 ohm 59.5 18.5 133.0
HIAX20C03-8 3W rms 8, 16 ohm 47.0 11.5 25.0
HIAX13C02-4 2W rms 4, 8, 16, 32 ohm options 38.0 11.0 13.2
HIAX11C005-32 0.5W rms 32 ohm 26.3 8.5 7.8

High Shove Exciters

Part No. Max Power Rating Nominal Impedance Maximum Outside Diameter (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (g)
HIAX25C20-8/HS 20W rms 8 ohm 54.6 33.5 260.0
HIAX25C15-8/HS 15W rms 4,8 ohm options 45.0 17.0 56.0
HIAX19C05-4/HS 5W rms 4, 6,8 ohm options 73.0 20.0 83.0
HIAX19C01-4 3W rms 4, 8 ohm options 47.0 12.8 29.0

Low Profile Exciters

Part No. Max Power Rating Nominal Impedance Maximum Outside Diameter (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (g)
HIAX19C01-4/LP 1W rms 4,8 ohm options 40.0 5.3 11.3
HIAX13C02-4/LP 2W rms 4,8,16,32 ohm options 38.0 9.0 10.0
HIAX11C005-32/LP 0.5W rms 32 ohm 23.8 5.7 5.5

Special Use Exciters

Part No. Max Power Rating Nominal Impedance Notes Maximum Outside Diameter (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (g)
HIAX25C07-4/X 7W rms 4,6,8,12,16,24 ohm options Waterproof and ruggedised 70.0 18.1 89.0
HIAX25C07-4/SP 7W rms 4,6,8 ohm options Robust 4-point mounting 93.1 20.4 64.0
HIAX19C05-4/SP 5W rms 4,8 ohm options Robust 4-point mounting 67.4 16.5 30.7

(II)BMR full-range high quality driver products

The table below shows the currently available BMR drivers. These combine bending wave technology with pistonic motion to create full audio range, wide-dispersion speaker drivers for life-like sound reproduction.

Part No. Max Power Rating Nominal Impedance Notes Maximum Outside Diameter (mm) Thickness (mm)
HIBM36S12-4 12W rms 4,8 ohm options 12W Square BMR 65.0 25.7
HIBM36S05-4 5W rms 4,8 ohm options 5W Square BMR 65.0 20.6
HIBM110H08-8 8W rms 8 ohm options 8W Rectangular BMR 20.0 20.0

(III)Ultra-efficient audio power amplifier products

HiWave’s Audium audio amplifier delivers extreme efficiency enabling power savings for audio consumer products. The table below shows the available devices as this family of products is introduced:

Part No. Description Audio Channels Peak Audio OutputPower Package
AS2002 High efficiency audio amplifier integrated circuit 2 2 x 25W Instantaneous Peak;2 x 13W Burst QNF64

 

Haptic

(I)Exciter products

HiWave offers combined haptic touch and audio exciters for touch panels and screens in industrial, home automation, automotive and consumer electronic products. Applications include pad computers, hand-held and integrated displays and controllers. When used with HiWave driver modules, a pair of HIHX14C exciters disperses bending waves evenly across the surface of touch panels so that users experience the effect of depressing mechanical keys when touching the panel surface. The simulated mechanical movement enhances the human interface enabling faster and more accurate keystrokes.

The same transducers simultaneously convert the touch screens into flat panel loudspeakers with nominally flat response from 200Hz to 15kHz. This eliminates additional loudspeakers and amplifiers, enabling more compact products with fewer components to be designed. It also reduces bill-of-materials and manufacturing costs.

The exciters are designed for use with touch screens up to 19” and are available in 1W or 2W (RMS) versions with nominal drive impedances of 4, 8, 16, or 32 Ohms. Each consists of a 14mm diameter voice coil mounted on plastic suspension. Overall height is just 11mm.

(II)Control Electronics products

HiWave offers HIHCM-001, a 15mm x 10mm control module that, in combination with two moving coil transducers, adds haptic touch to flat panels whilst simultaneously turning the panel into a loudspeaker. The module is designed primarily for applications in white goods, security systems, home automation and industrial control.

The haptic effect makes a touch panel feel like a mechanical keypad or keyboard. The HIHCM-001 module controls the transducers, which generate bending waves across the surface of the panel, creating the sensation of pressing a mechanical key when a user touches it. The touch panel also acts as a flat-panel speaker, using the same drive module and transducers. The speaker can be used to provide additional confirmation of a positive touch on the panel audible confirmation of other circuit functions being activated, voice feed prompts, advertising messages, or entertainment.

The use of two transducers results in even dispersion of signal strength across the whole touch panel.

HiWave is developing additional drive modules for displays, multi-touch feedback and alternative transducer types. Higher power versions for large displays are also planned.

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