Asustek sound cards use C-Media audio chips
A couple of weeks back, we learned that Asustek was showing off a pair of sound cards at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany. The Xonar D2 and Xonar D2K sport either PCI or PCI Express interfaces, and they were said to feature audio chips by Analog Devices. However, a report by DigiTimes now says the cards are outfitted with audio chips from C-Media—the very same company that produces the Oxygen HD audio chip, two implementations of which we reviewed last month.
According to DigiTimes, the Asustek Xonar sound cards will "primarily target the gaming market," and they will have 3D sound processing as well as support for DTS and Dolby Digital Live encoding. Asustek reportedly intends to ship 500,000 Xonar sound cards this year. DigiTimes doesn't quote any prices, but it does say C-Media will earn $10-20 for each Xonar sound card Asustek sells.