GainSpan Technology Powers Tascam’s DR-22WL and DR-44WL Portable Recorders with Wi-Fi

February 17 2015, 03:00
GainSpan Corporation, a spinoff of Intel Corporation, revealed that Tascam, the professional audio and music division of TEAC Corporation, has selected its GS2100MIP Wi-Fi module to power the new DR-22WL and DR-44WL Portable Recorders with Wi-Fi. The DR-44WL and DR22-WL were the first portable handheld recorders in the market to include Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer and audio streaming to your smartphone or PC.

GainSpan’s GS2000-based module provided a quick, easy and cost-effective way for Tascam to add Wi-Fi connectivity to its audio recorders. The audio recorders connect with smartphones and other Wi-Fi devices directly; there is no need for a Wi-Fi router network or other external equipment. GainSpan also enabled the DR-22WL and DR-44WL to maintain long battery life thanks to the module’s low power consumption and fast wake-up performance from idle state.

“We selected GainSpan’s Wi-Fi module based on its advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, low power consumption and complete development platform, which simplified the design process resulting in much faster time-to-market,” says Jiro Shida, Manager of Tascam R&D. “We are proud of the new DR-44WL and DR-22WL portable recorders, and the collaboration between GainSpan and Tascam was one of the key ingredients that made these breakthrough products possible.”

“The growth of the Internet of Things is driving innovation from companies of all sizes and across all industries, and we are thrilled that our wireless connectivity can help inspire new products and use cases,” said Bernard Aboussouan, Vice President of Marketing, GainSpan. “Tascam’s portable handheld recorders offer a prime example of how adding connectivity to a product can give consumers a vastly improved entertainment experience.”

Designed for anyone from beginning musicians to audio professionals, the DR-22WL and DR44-WL (a 4-track recorder) include built-in stereo condenser microphones that are mounted in a true XY pattern for perfect stereo imaging. Included in the new portable recorders is a Wi-Fi function for controlling transport and transferring files to a smartphone or computer. With the free app for iOS and Android devices, it becomes possible to start and stop recording from anywhere in the room, while setting trim levels and check meters to make sure the transport is running. In addition, its also possible to stream audio live to a smartphone and, after recording, to upload files to the cloud — Sound Cloud — over a wireless connection. These recordings can then be instantly shared online without moving the DR-44WL or DR-22WL from the best microphone position.

The GainSpan GS2000 family includes the GS2011M and the GS2100M. The modules are based on the company’s GS2000 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi SoC. The modules offer multi Mbps throughput (over an SPI or SDIO interface), and feature a highly integrated and extensive networking stack and services and ease of provisioning.  |
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