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APR 9600 VOICE IC

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                              APR9600 is a low-cost high performance sound record/replay IC incorporating flash analogue storage technique. Recorded sound is retained even after power supply is removed from the module. The replayed sound exhibits high quality with a low noise level. Sampling rate for a 60 second recording period is 4.2 kHz that gives a sound record/replay bandwidth of 20Hz to 2.1 kHz. However, by changing an oscillation resistor, a sampling rate as high as 8.0 kHz can be achieved. This shortens the total length of sound recording to 32 seconds.

                             Total sound recording time can be varied from 32 seconds to 60 seconds by changing the value of a single resistor. The IC can operate in one of two modes: serial mode and parallel mode. In serial access mode, sound can be recorded in 256 sections. In parallel access mode, sound can be recorded in 2, 4 or 8 sections. The IC can be controlled simply using push button keys. It is also possible to control the IC using external digital circuitry such as micro-controllers and computers.

                              The APR9600 has a 28 pin DIP package. Supply voltage is between 4.5V to 6.5V. During recording and replaying, current consumption is 25 mA. In idle mode, the current drops to 1 mA. The APR9600 experimental board is an assembled PCB board consisting of an APR9600 IC, an electrets microphone, support components and necessary switches to allow users to explore all functions of the APR9600 chip. The oscillation resistor is chosen so that the total recording period is 60 seconds with a sampling rate of 4.2 kHz. The board measures 80mm by 55mm.

1. APR9600

Pin-out of the APR9600 is given in Figure 1. A typical connection of the chip is given in Figure 2 (This is the circuit diagram of the module). Pin functions of the IC are given in Table 1. During sound recording, sound is picked up by the microphone. A microphone pre-amplifier amplifies the voltage signal from the microphone. An AGC circuit is included in the pre-amplifier, the extent of which is controlled by an external capacitor and resistor. If the voltage level of a sound signal is around 100 mV peak to- peak, the signal can be fed directly into the IC through ANA IN pin (pin 20). The sound signal passes through a filter and a sampling and hold circuit. The analogue voltage is then written into non-volatile flash analogue RAMs. It has a 28 pin DIP package. Supply voltage is between 4.5V to 6.5V. During recording and replaying, current consumption is 25 mA. In idle mode, the current drops to 1 mA.


2. APR9600 module

The circuit diagram of the module is shown in Figure 2. The module consists of an APR9600 chip, an electrets microphone, support components, a mode selection switch (-RE, MSEL1, MSEL2 and – M8) and 9 keys (-M1 to –M8 and CE). The oscillation resistor is chosen so that the total recording period is 60 seconds with a sampling rate of 4.2 kHz. Users can change the value of the ROSC to obtain other sampling frequencies. It should be noted that if the sampling rate is increased, the length of recording time is decreased. Table 3 gives the details. An 8-16 Ohm speaker is to be used with the module. Users can select different modes using the mode selection switch. The module is measured 80mm´55mm. Connection points (0-8, C and B) can connect to other switches or external digital circuits. In this cased, on-board keys M1 to M8 and CE are by-passed.




5. Application tips

 

Tips for better  sound replay quality:

 

1. Use a good quality 8 Ohm speaker with a cavity such as speakers for computer sound systems. Do not use a bare speaker which gives you degraded sound.

2. For better sound replay quality, speak with a distance to the on-board microphone and speak clearly. Also keep the background noise as low as possible.

3. For even better sound replay quality, use microphone input or Audio Line In input. If Audio Line In is used, the amplitude of input signal should be < 100 mV p-p.

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