AUSTIN, Texas - July. 22, 2022 - Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS) John Melanson, senior technical fellow at Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS), has been granted his 500th U.S. patent, an achievement that places him among the world’s most prolific inventors. The Academy Award®-winning engineer’s core contributions are within the field of audio and electronics, particularly the analog and mixed-signal technologies that have helped transform the analog world around us into the digital signals at the heart of today’s most advanced products. Melanson’s contributions have changed how humans interact with their devices – and each other. In particular, his audio patents are instrumental to many of today’s most popular consumer and professional audio applications. His patents relating to LED lighting have positively impacted the environment through significant energy savings.
Melanson’s innovations have also been the catalyst to many products that led to rapid product advancements in personal computing, semiconductors and networking. His first patent in 1974 helped make modern keyboards possible, and his underlying work in light-emitting diodes electronics helped enable LEDs to overtake incandescent lighting in popularity by solving the challenges around dimming. As a founding member of AudioLogic (later acquired by Cirrus Logic), Melanson pioneered the first use of low-power digital signal processors (DSPs) for hearing aids. He also helped develop the first network distributed audio system, a technology that eventually found its way into the audio wiring for the U.S. Senate and thousands of installations globally, such as theme parks and concert venues.
John Melanson, senior technical fellow at Cirrus Logic, has been granted his 500th U.S. patent, an achievement that places him among the world’s most prolific inventors. (Photo: Business Wire)
As a pioneer in professional and consumer audio equipment, he received an Oscar® award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004 for his ground-breaking contributions to the evolution of digital audio editing for motion picture post-production. He also developed the first 500-watt Class D amplifier for professional audio applications, and his work in algorithm development and implementation contributed to the active noise cancellation found in many smartphones and laptops today.
Melanson’s career includes nearly 30 years at Cirrus Logic, where he has helped to harness computing/processing power and energy-saving techniques for today’s personal mobile devices and advanced professional and mobile audio. His 500th issued U.S. patent entitled “Driver Circuitry and Operation” was granted on June 21, 2022. In addition, Melanson has 68 pending U.S. patent applications.
“Working at Cirrus Logic has given me the ideal backdrop for creativity and invention,” said Melanson. “The power reduction invention for hearing aids, which I worked on in the 1990s, shows up in every Cirrus Logic product we make or at least some great-great-grandchild of it does. I love that I’m able to get involved in technology at a deep level and work on cool stuff while mentoring people at Cirrus Logic to keep the company’s innovative spirit going.”
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美国德克萨斯州奥斯汀，2022年7月22日: — Cirrus Logic（纳斯达克股票代码:CRUS）：CRUS）的高级技术院士John Melanson已获得了其第 500 项美国专利，这一非凡成就使他跻身世界上最多产的发明家之列。作为获得奥斯卡奖的工程师，John Melanson的核心贡献在于音频和电子领域，尤其是模拟和混合信号技术，这些技术帮助将我们周围的模拟世界转变为当今最先进产品核心的数字信号。 John Melanson的贡献改变了人类与设备交互的方式，以及彼此之间的交互方式。 值得一提的是，他的音频专利对当今许多最为流行的消费类和专业音频应用都起到了举足轻重的作用。 他在LED 照明上的相关专利通过显著节能对环境产生了积极影响。
John Melanson的发明创新也成为许多产品的催化剂，这些产品推动了个人计算、半导体和网络领域的产品快速发展。 他在 1974 年获得的首项专利使现代键盘成为可能，他在发光二极管电子方面的基础工作通过解决调光方面的挑战，使得LED 在普及程度上超越了白炽灯。作为 AudioLogic（后来被 Cirrus Logic 收购）的创始成员，Melanson 率先将低功耗数字信号处理器 (DSP) 用于助听器。 他还帮助开发了第一个网络分布式音频系统，该技术最终进入了美国参议院的音频布线和全球数千个设施，如主题公园和音乐会场地。
作为专业和消费音频设备的先行者，他于 2004 年获得了电影艺术与科学学院颁发的奥斯卡奖，以表彰他对电影后期制作数字音频编辑演进所做的开创性贡献。 他还开发了第一款用于专业音频应用的 500 瓦 D 类放大器，他在算法开发和实施方面的工作使得当今许多智能手机和笔记本电脑实现了主动降噪功能。
John Melanson的职业生涯包括在 Cirrus Logic 工作了近 30 年，帮助将计算/处理能力和节能技术用于当今的个人移动设备以及高级专业和移动音频。 2022 年 6 月 21 日，他申请的“驱动电路和操作”获得第 500 项美国专利。此外，John Melanson还拥有 68 项正在申请中的美国专利。
John Melanson 表示：“在 Cirrus Logic 工作为我提供了创意和发明的理想环境。我在 二十世纪九十年代从事的助听器功率降低这一发明现在我们制造的每一款 Cirrus Logic 产品中得到应用，或者至少出现在其中一些的后几代产品中。 我很高兴能够深入参与技术工作，并在指导 Cirrus Logic 的员工以保持公司的创新精神的同时，从事一些很酷的事情。”
Cirrus Logic 是低功耗、高精度混合信号处理解决方案的领导者，致力于为世界顶级的移动和消费类应用创造创新的用户体验。Cirrus Logic 总部位于德克萨斯州奥斯汀，并以其屡获殊荣的企业文化而享誉全球。更多信息，请访问网站 www.cirrus.com。
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