CONFIDENTIAL ADVANCE INFORMATION
ES9012 / ES9018
Reference 32-bit Audio DAC
ESS Technology, Inc.
The SABRE32 Reference audio DAC series is the world’s highest performance 32-bit audio DAC solution
targeted for consumer applications such as Blu-ray players, audio pre-amplifiers, A/V receivers and
professional applications such as recording systems, mixer consoles and digital audio workstations.
Package DNR (dB) THD (dB) 32-bit I2S/DSD SPDIF Jitter
ES9018 SABRE32 Reference
64-LQFP 135 (mono) -120
8-Channel Audio DAC
ES9012 SABRE32 Reference 64-LQFP 135 (mono) -120
Stereo Audio DAC
With ESS patented 32-bit Hyperstream DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the
SABRE32 Reference Stereo DAC delivers an unprecedented DNR of up to 135dB and THD+N of -120dB,
the industry’s highest performance level that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.
The SABRE32 Reference audio DAC’s 32-bit Hyperstream architecture can handle full 32-bit PCM data
via I2S input, as well as DSD or SPDIF data. The SABRE32 Reference supports up to 1.536MHz1 input
sampling rates and consumes less than 100mW.
Patented 32-bit Hyperstream DAC
o Up to 135dB DNR
o -120dB THD+N
Patented Time Domain Jitter Eliminator
Universal digital input for up to 1.536MHz1
Integrated DSP functions
Customizable output configuration
Customizable filter characteristics
100mW power consumption
Industry’s highest performance 32-bit audio DAC with
unprecedented dynamic range and ultra low distortion
Unmatched audio clarity free from input clock jitter
Supports SPDIF, PCM (I2S, MSB/LSB justified 16-32-bit) or
DSD input with DVD Audio and SACD compatibility.
Click-free soft mute and volume control
Programmable filter characteristics for PCM/DSD
Programmable Zero detect
De-emphasis for 32, 44.1 and 48kHz sampling
Mono, stereo, 8-channel (ES9018 only) output in current or
voltage mode based on performance criterion
User programmable filter allowing custom roll-off response
Simplifies power supply design
• Blu-ray / SACD / DVD-Audio player
• Audio preamplifier and receiver
• A/V processor
• Professional audio recording systems and mixing consoles
• Digital audio workstation
1. This is for oversample bypass mode only. The maximum sample rate using the internal oversampling filters is 500kHz.