Coveloz Launches Networked Pro Audio SoC FPGA Development Kit for AVB and AES67 Applications

March 18 2015, 03:05
Coveloz, a Canadian company specializing on embedded development and applications for programmable time-sensitive network solutions has announced the availability of their Pro Audio Ethernet AVB FPGA Development Kit. The solution is a ready-to-play platform for building scalable, cost-effective networked audio and processing applications, built on modular hardware.

Coveloz introduced its Networked Pro Audio SoC FPGA Development Kit during the Integrated System Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam - showing at both the AVnu Alliance and Xilica Audio Design stands - and will be again present at the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas. According to the company, the new platform will enable manufacturers to achieve faster AVnu certification for new AVB solutions, creating an ideal development environment for live sound, conferencing systems, public address, audio post production, music creation, automotive infotainment and ADAS applications.

At the heart of the Coveloz development platform is a highly integrated System-on-Module (SOM), featuring an Altera Cyclone V SoC FPGA, which includes a dual-core ARM A9 processor, DDR3 memory and a large FPGA fabric, all in a low cost and compact package. The kit includes a multitude of networking and audio interfaces, including three Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as I2S, AES10/MADI, AES3/EBU and TDM audio.

Coveloz provides FPGA and Linux firmware enabling designers to quickly build AVnu Certified products for the broadcast, pro-audio/video and automotive markets. The platform is aimed at time-synchronized networks and includes grandmaster, PPS and word clock inputs and outputs as well as high quality timing references.

The President of Coveloz, Nestor Amaya, notes: “This development kit provides the ideal platform for evolving differentiated products based on the Coveloz AVB FPGA platform. Given the end of Moore’s Law, reconfigurable and customizable platforms such as this represent the best of embedded development in today’s market.”

BACH-SOC: Pro-Audio Processing and Networking
The Coveloz development kit is also host to the BACH-SOC platform, which integrates AES67 and Ethernet AVB audio networking and processing. Both SoC and PCIe-based FPGA implementations are available.
The Coveloz Bach Module is a full-featured and programmable audio networking and processing solution for easily integrating industry-standard AES67 and/or Ethernet AVB/TSN networking into audio/video distribution and processing products. The solution enables products with over 128+128 channels of digital streaming and 32-bit audio processing at 48, 96 or 192 kHz.

Supporting a wide range of interfaces, Coveloz complements the development platform with a comprehensive software toolkit and engineering services to help manufacturers reducing time to market. Coveloz also provides application examples to demonstrate the capabilities of the BACH-SOC platform.

The programmable BACH-SOC can be customized to a particular application in many ways, for instance, from selecting the number and type of audio interface to choosing audio processing alone, transport alone, or a combination.

Founded in 2009, Coveloz employs over 30 engineers and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Germany.
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