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Audio processor supports USB 2.0 interfaces

Posted: 22 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:audio interface processor  DSP  FireWire 

BridgeCo Inc. has announced an expansion of its audio interface processor and firmware product line at the NAMM conference in Anaheim, California in the United States. Using the same BeBoB firmware and software development kit (SDK) as the company's existing DM1500E and DM1100E processors, the new DM1200E processor provides an USB interface, enabling the development of audio interface systems that use USB instead of FireWire.

The BeBoB audio processor and firmware technology is used in audio interfaces, musical instruments and breakout boxes. These products enable musicians to combine signals from multiple instruments, microphones, sample clips and other audio sources, and transfer them to a computer using a single FireWire (IEEE 1394) or USB 2.0 interface.

BeBoB 5.0 includes an SDK that allows the firmware stack to be configured to work with any BeBoB processor and interface selection. It comes bundled with DM1500E, DM1100E or DM1200E processors, which combine networking, control and DSP capabilities in a single device. The DM1500E incorporates a switchable interface, supporting up to 128 simultaneous audio channels using FireWire and up to 24 simultaneous channels using USB. The DM1100E supports FireWire interfaces and up to 12 audio channels simultaneously. The DM1200E supports USB 2.0 interfaces and up to 12 audio channels simultaneously.

The BeBoB platform combines a proprietary dual-core, ARM-based and DSP-enhanced processor with RTOS and application software stack that implements a complete audio interface product. BeBoB drivers are available for computers running Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux OS. The BeBoB Windows driver supports WDM, ASIO & GSIF. Supported audio interfaces include ADAT/SMUX, SPDIF, I2S and I8S. The company offers development boards and reference designs for all three BeBoB processors.

Available now, the DM1500E is priced at Rs.710.61 ($18); the DM1100E at Rs.473.74 ($12); and the DM1200E at Rs.394.78 ($10), all in quantities of 1,000.

The DM1500E, DM1100E and DM1200E processors are currently available in production quantities, and are sold with complete SDK and application firmware stack. The combination FireWire/USB SDK will be available in March 2008.

- Gina Roos

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