Vorbis Hardware

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This is a list of hardware of all categories, from chipsets to ready-to-use products, that support Ogg Vorbis.

Hardware support status for Ogg Vorbis is relatively good, you can choose between a huge number of mobile flash players, many HDD based players and a respectable number of Hi-Fi components. More than 50 different companies offer a total of more than a hundred products for virtually every application, there is even a knife that can play Ogg Vorbis now ;-). If you can't find a suitable player come back next week -- new products are added on a weekly basis, as many companies are working to support Vorbis on their hardware.

If you know of any hardware or projects that are not yet mentioned here, please add them to the list.

Consumer products

The following music players support Ogg Vorbis either out of the box or after a firmware upgrade:

Flash Memory Storage
Harddisk Storage
CD/DVD Audio Players
Mobile Phones
Hi-Fi components
Car Audio
Media Storage

For hardware that is able to run third-party software (such as PDAs and video game consoles), please visit VorbisSoftwarePlayers.

Non-consumer products

This is Vorbis in Silicon, meaning chips from which actual consumer products can be built.

FineArch, Inc. developed a hardware core and control software for decoding Vorbis. This technology can be integrated into portable players or cell phones, and since it runs at only 12MHz, it uses very little battery power. It supports files up to 64Kb/s, but could be scaled to 16MHz and 128Kb/s, at the expense of battery life. For more information, see FineArch’s press release.
MCS Logic
MCS Logic creates single chip decoders that can play Ogg Vorbis. They supply the Vorbis decoding chips for Havin and Freemax.
An open hardware project aiming for a small sized Ogg Vorbis hardware platform (based on ARM Cortex M3 and VS1053b/VS8053 DSP).
Ogg On A Chip
A hardware/software implementation with a good report showing how to make FPGAs and the like to decode Vorbis streams.
SigmaTel makes several chips which support Ogg Vorbis decoding. After this quote years ago, we knew it was only a matter of time:

"I talked to Deborah Clark, product marketing engineer for audio chipmaker Sigmatel out of Austin, Tex. She is the company's expert in audio decoders. She says there is a growing base of support for Ogg Vorbis. "We can't keep paying these high licensing fees for this. Manufacturers would flock to something that's free."

from a 2000 column in Forbes
Some STMP3500-based devices supports Ogg Vorbis, but there are no notes about this on SigmaTel-website.
SigmaTel introduces the STMP3600 with support for Ogg Vorbis, MP3, AAC, WMA and more.[1]
Tamul Multimedia
Tamul Multimedia manufactures decoding chips for Samsung. They claim they have Ogg Vorbis decoding firmware, according to The Digital Times (Korean).
Telechips has developed the TCC72x, a single chip decoder that can play Vorbis. The TCC72x series is based on on an ARM940T core, and it is used widely in Korea for players such as Iops or MobiBlu.
VLSI Solution Oy
VLSI provides two Ogg Vorbis capable chips.
VS1000 is an Ogg Vorbis decoder and controller chip based on a 16-bit DSP.
VS1053 is a low-power "MP3 decoder" chip based on the same DSP. What makes the IC unique is that it can both decode and encode Ogg Vorbis files. There are several different quality settings to choose from varying from narrowband speech to high-quality stereo music.

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