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2014/23/5 Printed circuit board (PCB), for RØDE iXY directional microphone, metal / plastic / electronic components, made by RØDE Microphones, China / Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2012. Click to enlarge.

RØDE iXY directional microphone blue circuit board

Made
This object represents part of the manufacturing process of the RØDE iXY directional microphone. Together with the sketches, prototypes and components it illustrates the design and manufacturing process for a small consumer electronic device.

The iXY is a high-quality stereo microphone designed for use with the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It incorporates pair of condenser microphones, in a stacked X-Y configuration to provide immersive, true-to-life stereo recordings. Using the 'RØDE Rec' app and on-board analogue-to-digital conversion it bypasses the Apple device's audio hardware, resulting in high-quality audio recordings. It is an example of the extensive consumer market for Apple iPhone accessories and represents the high-quality design required to be officially endorsed as an Apple iPhone accessory.

The iXY is an example of excellence in Australian design and manufacturing. It received an Australian International Design Award in 2013, a Red Dot Design Award, and RØDE Microphones received a number of Australian manufacturing and export Awards in 2012-2013.

This object represents a product of a significant local manufacturer. RØDE Microphones, also known as Freedman Electronics, is an Australian company with its manufacturing based in Silverwater - a suburb of Sydney. A world leader in microphone design and production, this company exemplifies the transformation of Australia's manufacturing industry at the time of acquisition towards high-quality, specialised manufacturing for niche industries.

Angelique Hutchison
Curator
2014

Summary

Object No.

2014/23/5

Object Statement

Printed circuit board (PCB), for RØDE iXY directional microphone, metal / plastic / electronic components, made by RØDE Microphones, China / Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2012

Physical Description

Blue printed circuit board (PCB), bare board without any electrical components or assembly. Showing twelve boards for use in the RØDE (RODE) iXY directional microphone.

6L FR4 1.6mm Blue ROHS HASL

6 layer
Base material FR4 glass reinforced epoxy laminate
Board thickness 1.6mm
Lead free HASL surface finish
Meets ROHS requirements

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

165 mm

Width

250 mm

Depth

2 mm

Production

Made

Notes

Made in China. The surface mounting of electronic components would have been done by RØDE in Sydney.

History

Notes

Donated to illustrate part of the process of manufacture of the RODE iXY microphone.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of RØDE Microphones, 2014

Acquisition Date

23 February 2014

Cite this Object

Harvard

RØDE iXY directional microphone blue circuit board 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 September 2020, <https://ma.as/484336>

Wikipedia

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