To speed iterative prototyping and fixture creation for some assemblies and housings, IAR has brought reliable and low-cost FDM prototyping in-house. Common items we print include speaker baffle adapters, customer housing mockups for probe microphone measurements, or other fixtures to support device assembly or measurements. Maximum print size on this device is approximately 9 x 8 x 8 inches. High-resolution SLA and smaller assemblies will continue to be sourced from a handful of Indianapolis-based prototyping shops.
Many far-field voice devices employ beamforming microphone arrays to improve speech recognition and communication performance. However, often the simulation of the acoustic wave during DSP design only includes phase differences due to array spacing and neglects more complex geometry such as element porting, enclosures, tables or walls. These objects cause diffraction and reflections of the incoming acoustic wave around the sensor can lead to errors in beamforming and direction-of-arrival algorithms. IAR can use Comsol Multiphysics or Lumped Element Simulation (depending upon the complexity of geometry, frequency range of interest and available time) to provide simulated complex acoustic pressure “vectors” to DSP designers to improve the performance of the array including geometric features, prior to any prototype production or PCB fabrication.
Larry Marcus and Marc Reese
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Built in 1984, the IAR Anechoic Chamber is like me: it’s old but it still works. It has a cutoff frequency of about 120Hz and is about 3 meters by 3.7 meters by 2.6 meters tip-to-tip. Compare the photo here with the more recent one below in this blog series with the four intrepid IAR founders!
Significant products developed and studies conducted in our anechoic chamber include many IEEE and TIA standards contributions, the first gradient microphones with speakerphones, first extensive ISDN and VoIP testing, first mechanical-acoustical analysis of conference phones, etc., not to mention days upon days of other transducer development and product testing.
It turns out the chart type that you always thought should be able to plot a polar – the Radar Chart – CAN do it; however, there is still some frustration with the formatting of axes. Thankfully, if you work through the frustration once and save the completed chart as a template, it’s much easier to reuse future data sets. See the below attachment for instructions using Excel 2016. There are some differences with older versions, but hopefully you can follow along also...
The Diffuse Field Booth is a large audiometric booth and features 8 pro-audio surround speakers and one subwoofer. This setup is calibrated per IEEE 269 to accurately simulate a diffuse noise field, so it's perfect for testing the noise rejection of headset or handset microphones, or noise isolation of headphones (either passive or active noise-cancelling types).