To support enabling our partners to innovate on hardware design for new devices, we’re making updates to the audio component certification requirements. In the past, both integrated and externally connected audio components submitted for Windows Hardware Certification needed to meet the Device.Audio.UAACompliance requirement. With this update, partners will have more flexibility to design hardware that meets various scenarios and needs.

Device.Audio.Hardware.Architecture

Audio subsystems must use a technology compatible with Windows

Integrated audio devices

An integrated audio device is one that supports an internal component or a port that’s used exclusively for media content. Here are some examples of integrated audio devices:

  • Speakers
  • Microphones and microphone arrays
  • Analog audio jacks (headphone jack, line out, line in, microphone jack)
  • S/PDIF
  • Digital outputs like HDMI and DisplayPort

For these devices, any audio hardware architecture can be used provided at least one of the following is true:

  • The device provides basic functionality for all of its endpoints when used with any of the audio class drivers packaged with Windows.
  • A driver is available through Windows Update that will enable basic functionality for all the device’s endpoints.

Externally connected audio devices

An externally connected audio device is one that isn’t integrated to the system and has a connection that isn’t specific to audio or media. Here are some examples of external audio devices:

  • USB audio
  • Bluetooth audio

For these devices, any audio hardware architecture can be used, but we strongly recommended that these devices conform to standard specifications and provide basic functionality with a Windows audio class driver. On certain Windows devices that don’t allow the installation of a third-party drivers, the only way for an external audio device to function is if it’s compatible with a class driver.

All audio devices

If the PnP ID of an audio device is compatible with any of the audio class drivers packaged with Windows, the device must provide basic functionality for all of its endpoints when using that driver.

A device provides basic functionality when it meets all the Windows Hardware Certification Kit audio device requirements.

For more info

Audio Device Technologies