The MAX98089 integrated stereo audio codec allegedly improves audio performance and prevents speaker damage. An easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) promises to significantly ease its design in. The device employs Maxim’s proprietary FlexSound audio technology, which optimizes the signal level and frequency response while limiting the maximum distortion and power at the output. This technology improves loudspeaker performance and prevents speaker damage. Other features include a Class H stereo headphone amplifier with dual-mode charge pump and a DAC-to-headphone idle power consumption of 5.6mW. Available in a 63-bump WLP or 56-pin TQFN, price starts at $1.98 each/1,000. MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, Sunnyvale, CA. (800) 998-8800.