The buyout of a British-based semiconductor firm's intellectual property and assets will help to create new audio platforms, according to its new owner.
NXT, a specialist in sound and touch solutions, announced the "strategic purchase" of Audium Semiconductor and also unveiled its plan to produce compact USB-powered loadspeakers, which the company suggested might achieve 25 watts peak-per-channel.
It will look to utilise the former firm's integrated circuits in its consumer electronics offering and said that it plans to incorporate its "proven" Balanced Mode Radiator technology in conjunction with "ultra-efficient power amplifiers".
According to NXT, the Audium amplifier chip "can be 20 times more efficient than competing devices".
More than 250 companies across 50 countries worldwide are licensed to use NXT technology.
Its innovations are found in a range of consumer electronics such as mobile phones, computers and TVs, but are also incorporated in buildings and facilities including railway stations and commercial aircraft.