The ES9218P SABRE HiFi SoC; 32-bit Stereo Mobile DAC with 2 Volt Headphone Amplifier

ES9218P Chip

Professional Output Level for the Next Generation of Smartphones

The ES9218P SABRE HiFi SoC delivers an audiophile grade output that can deliver 2.0Vrms output, allowing the ES9218P to drive the most demanding headsets and provide a true line-level output to match professional audio equipment. It features an extremely high level of integration allowing it to be integrated into mobile devices without sacrificing audio quality. The heart of the ES9218P ESS’s award-winning SABRE DAC technology, with a HyperStream II modulator. This is the same architecture that is used in the world’s finest audiophile equipment.

Industry Leading Performance & Comprehensive Format Support

The ES9218P HiFi SoC leverages the company’s patented 32-bit HyperStream architecture that can support up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM and DSD256 to deliver up to 130 dB SNR and -114 dB Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N) ensuring audiophile quality sound all the way to the headphones. It also supports the industry’s most popular high resolution and lossless audio formats including DSD, DoP, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV. Compressed legacy formats are also supported so the consumer is assured the best possible listening experience.

The ES9218P’s integrated SABRE Headphone Amp supports up to 2.0Vrms output with analog gain control to reduce output noise at real-life listening levels. An integrated output switch allows an auxiliary source such as voice to bypass the ES9218P for lowest power consumption in non-HiFi mode.

By integrating ESS audio building blocks, including the DAC, headphone amplifier, feedback resistors, and output switch into a single package, the ES9218P also reduces the amount of board space used by the audio subsystem enabling the ever-shrinking, slimmer phone formats demanded by today’s consumers.


Feature Product Benefit
Patented 32-bit HyperStream II architecture

⦁ Enables an integrated SOC featuring the highest performance
⦁ 32-bit mobile audio DAC with headphone amplifier

2.0Vrms output with analog gain control

⦁ Supports High-impedance headphones
⦁ Professional line-level output
⦁ Analog gain ensures low noise at all volume levels
⦁ Eliminates external thin film resistors and reduces PCB size

Patented Time Domain Jitter Eliminator ⦁ Unmatched audio clarity free from input clock jitter
64-bit accumulator & 32-bit processing ⦁ Distortion free signal processing
Versatile digital input ⦁ Supports master/slave PCM (I2S, LJ 16-32-bit), DSD or DoP
Customizable filter characteristics ⦁ Eight preset filters with a user-programmable filter for custom sound signature
Output switch for auxiliary source ⦁ Voice mode bypass with negligible power consumption
Integrated low-noise AVCC LDO ⦁ Eliminate external LDO and reduces PCB size
THD Compensation ⦁ Minimizes distortion from external PCB components and layout
Package options: 41-CSP or 40-QFN ⦁Minimizes PCB footprint

Less than 80mW quiescent power and
less than 1mW standby power

⦁Maximizes battery life


Functional Block Diagram


ES9218P Chip diagram

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