Barix Announces Programmable IP Audio Module for OEMs and Systems Integrators with New SIP-Enhanced SDK

May 8 2018, 02:00
Offering OEM manufacturers and systems integrators a flexible platform for quickly implementing advanced audio and IP functionality in audio installations, Swiss company Barix announced the availability of its IPAM 400 IP Audio Module, a new openly-programmable, high-performance hardware now available to OEM developers together with comprehensive programming tools including Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) integration support.

Complementing the powerful features and performance of the new hardware, Barix has also released a comprehensive SDK that enables third-party developers to incorporate Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) functionality into their IPAM 400 based solutions.

Announced earlier in 2018, the new powerful and cost-efficient Barix IPAM 400 platform offers OEMs and systems integrators a flexible, robust and feature-rich platform for creating advanced professional audio products with less risk and faster time to market. The Linux-based IPAM 400 is Barix’s most powerful OEM audio platform to date, combining a quad-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore processor with an open-source programming model to support complex signal handling and a virtually unlimited array of applications. The new module supports multiple audio formats and features stereo audio, Ethernet, USB, GPIO and serial interfaces alongside built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, enabling developers to easily incorporate advanced audio processing, IP-based streaming and control functionality into their product designs.
“The IPAM 400 is a true powerhouse, and lets manufacturers take advantage of our 16 years of proven expertise and our high-performance yet cost-efficient hardware to bring their developments to market faster,” says Reto Brader, vice president of sales and marketing, Barix.

SIP support in Barix’s new SDK lets IPAM 400 developers integrate their audio solutions with SIP-based VoIP (Voice over IP) telephone systems, addressing the market trend towards combining intercom, paging, music-on-hold and other audio applications with SIP-enabled phone PBXs under unified control and management. Running on the Annuncicom60 board, the SDK includes all of the tools OEMs need to develop their own SIP-enabled Linux Yocto applications. “SIP is a key capability for product developers these days, and our new SDK gives them a very fast way to add SIP to their offerings,” Brader explained.

In addition to offering the IPAM 400 to OEM manufacturers, Barix is also using the new core technology platform in its own next-generation audio products. AudioPoint 3.0, Barix’s third-generation audio signage solution, and the Barix Retail Player multi-site background music streaming system both incorporate hardware built on the IPAM 400. AudioPoint 3.0 and Barix Retail Player will also be demonstrated at InfoComm 2018 alongside other Barix innovations.

Addressing developer’s escalating security requirements, the IPAM 400 can run multiple encryption and decryption processes concurrently for data, streams and web server access, enabling the creation of products supporting the latest security standards. Eliminating a common pain point plaguing vendors building products on general-purpose, off-the-shelf platforms, the IPAM 400 architecture allows devices to be reinstalled, reformatted and updated remotely without risk of ‘bricking’ the units, avoiding expensive and user-frustrating product return cycles. 
“We encourage manufacturers to discuss their current and upcoming audio development needs with us,” concluded Brader. “With its exceptional performance, flexible open-source approach, attractive price point and robust development tools, the IPAM 400 is the ideal platform for any type of audio application, and our rich experience makes Barix a perfect company for them to partner with.” |
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