Audinate announces Dante HC reference design

May 29 2014, 12:13
Audinate announced a new platform for its Dante audio-over-IP networking solution. Dante HC expands Audinate’s broad portfolio of audio networking choices, which OEMs may build upon, to create cost effective AV products. The Dante HC reference design is ideal for AV equipment products requiring high channel capacity, such as audio matrix routers, large format consoles, public address and evacuation systems and large scale DSPs.

Dante HC is now the industry’s highest-capacity networked audio ready-to-use solution for professional AV systems. Dante HC supports up to 512 x 512 redundant bi-directional uncompressed audio channels on a single Xilinx FPGA with automatic device discovery, one-click signal routing and user-editable device and channel labels.

“Audinate is the only company that offers OEMs simple-to-deploy audio networking solutions to cover their complete product range, beginning from 2 x 2 channel Dante Ultimo chips, through mid-range Dante Brooklyn modules which operate up to 64 x 64 channels, to 128 x 128 channel Dante PCIe Cards”, says Gary Southwell, Audinate’s Vice President of Product Management. “The launch of Dante HC, which quadruples the maximum channel count for a single device to 512 x 512 channels, enables our OEMs to design a new generation of highly scalable networked products.”

Dante HC features supports up to 128x128 simultaneous multichannel audio flows with redundancy, up to 32 TDM lines in and out, up to 512x512 channels at 44.1/48kHz, 256x256 at 88.2/96kHz and 128x128 at 176.4/192kHz. The new solution also supports full audio bit depth from 16, 24 or 32 bits per sample and audio buffering up to 512 samples per channel. The solution is fully compatible with any other Dante device on the network.

Dante HC also offers a wide selection of interface options including SPI, I2C, RS232 and configurable GPIO. A powerful onboard microprocessor allows local control and management without the need for any additional CPU. Dante HC benefits from the same advanced robust feature support that is included across Audinate’s portfolio of Dante-enabled solutions, as well as future support for the AES67 standard.
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