Chip firm claims speaker breakthrough

Solid-state speaker design might revolutionize AirPods and other earbuds.

Speaker design hasn’t changed much in decades.

Most speakers — including the tiny ones in your AirPods — rely on a motor-driven diaphragm to create sound waves that tickle your eardrums.

Modern speakers can sound absolutely phenomenal, but they face a range of challenges, like the inability of small speakers to really pump out decent bass.

But now a California semiconductor company claims to have developed a breakthrough technology that makes tiny speakers sound phenomenal — and it’s using solid-state chips to create the audio.

The company says its tech will revolutionize the kind of tiny speakers found in AirPods and other mobile listening devices. Let’s hope Apple’s listening!

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