This fall, Creative plans to ship a software application that will use the power of ADI’s onboard audio chips to provide SoundBlaster-quality audio and enhanced support for Creative’s EAX audio standard, the companies said.
According to officials at Analog Devices, the software upgrade will either be included in a motherboard maker’s retail box, or be available as a trial download application that can then be purchased. The software will be rolled out in new PCs that ship this fall, Creative officials said.
Creative has had a few motherboard-down offerings of its own in the past, including the SoundBlaster 512. However, the Singapore-based company has yet to make substantial inroads into the growing integrated audio space.