A Brief History

Pre 2009

The company was founded by Chris Vernon, formerly lead technology lecturer at the George Martin School of Music.


Former ARM chairman, Sir Robin Saxby, and one of the world’s most successful serial technology entrepreneurs, Dr Hermann Hauser, provide investment and join the advisory board.

Michael Price, music editor to Lord of the Rings & Quantum of Solace, joins the advisory board.

David Glick, founder of Edge group – The UK’s leading investment and legal boutique for the entertainment industry, joins the advisory board.

Dr Jun Tan, previous founding President of ARM China joins the board as Managing Director of Asia Pacific region.

Sontia establish a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary office.

Prof. Zhou Ligong, Chairman of Chinese leading embedded solutions provider Guangzhou ZLGMCU Co. Ltd provides investment in Sontia and enables them to strengthen their ties with the Chinese consumer electronics industry.

Sontia complete software port onto the Cirrus CS470xx


Sontia opened offices in China and Japan and continued to prove our commitment to providing outstanding customer service and technical assistance by adding to the team as the need arised.


Sontia exhibit at CES for the first time, where we displayed optimised sound-bars to illustrate our unique technology, generating enormous interest.

Sontia appoint former Samsung engineer and ARM Korea manager Kwanghee Lee as Korean Regional manager

Sontia exhibit at IFA where we launch the SilverBack audio module and royalty free design of the Borodino amplifier board, which when used in conjunction with each other provide a complete end to end audio hardware solution.

Sontia appoint former CSR DSP software engineer Weiming Lee as lead DSP programmer


Sontia exhibit at CES where they demonstrate their abilities to enhance Tier one TV, mass market sound-bar, high profile brands of headphones and high end Hi-Fi Speakers.

THX have engaged Sontia as their only Digital Audio Processing partner: a great endorsement from a company that has proved to be a trusted brand, known for providing the ultimate benchmark and quality standards to deliver best-in-class entertainment.

Sontia receive contract from LG to provide Sontia SPT-Lite for a number of sound-bar products.