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     X-Fi Auzentech daughterboards
      Posted on 16/04/2007 at 21:29 by Nicolas - source: Auzentech
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    Apparently concerned about the inexorable erosion of soundcard sales because of the growing competition of integrated circuits, Creative has authorized the production and commercialization by a tierce company, Auzentech, of soundcards featuring an X-Fi chip. Up until today, Creative controlled the entire production chain from the conception of the chip to the commercialization of the card except for the occasional arrangements for a few high end motherboards.

    This more open strategy has been a success for other markets such as the graphic cards even if recently the tendency has been slightly reversed mostly because of technical rather than commercial reasons. Today, the reasons of this choice aren't always that clear.

    The release of the Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 is scheduled for May. The support of the EAX 5.0 is of course included and the manufacturer announced that real time Dolby Digital Live encoding will be added during the fourth quarter 2007. If the change in the attitude of the father of the Sound Blaster is a good thing, we hope that it will go along with an extended support of existing products and better prices.

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