San Francisco (October 24, 2006)–BridgeCo Inc., an entertainment networking solutions provider, released its fourth-generation FireWire audio interface processor and firmware platform at the annual AES conference earlier this month. BeBoB 4.0 has been upgraded to permit plug-and-play use of multiple synchronized digital audio inputs, enabling musicians and other content creators to easily interface with the latest digital microphones, digital musical instruments and other digital audio sources.
BridgeCo CEO Gene Sheridan said, “Since we first introduced version 1.0 in early 2003, the BeBoB platform has been embraced by audio designers and consumers in unprecedented numbers. As users increasingly migrate from traditional analog inputs to digital input devices, BridgeCo naturally adapted our BeBoB platform to support this trend.”
The new BeBoB 4.0 firmware supports synchronized digital inputs using SPDIF and ADAT interfaces, including automatic signal and sample rate detection for SPDIF inputs and automatic signal detection for ADAT inputs. This eliminates the need for sample rate conversion and quality loss when using multiple synchronized digital audio sources.
BeBoB 4.0 software is compatible with BridgeCo’s DM1100E processor, which supports 12 channels of digital input, and with BridgeCo’s DM1500E processor, which supports up to 128 channels of simultaneous, synchronized digital input. Both processors support 800 mb/s (1394b S800) data rate transfers over FireWire to a host computer.
The primary application for the BeBoB platform–FireWire audio interfaces and breakout boxes–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) serial interface.
More than 50 products from more than fifteen vendors now use the BeBoB platform as the basis for breakout boxes, musical instruments and audio interfaces. The BeBoB platform–which combines BridgeCo’s proprietary dual-core, ARM-based and DSP-enhanced DM1500E or DM1100E processor, and all of the required software to build a complete FireWire audio interface product–can be found in audio interface systems and musical instruments targeted at professional musicians, as well as systems for the consumer audio market. The BeBoB platform includes a real-time operating system (RTOS) and a comprehensive application software stack that allows BridgeCo’s OEM customers to significantly accelerate their time-to-market.
The BridgeCo platform interfaces directly to 1394 PHY chips, supporting 1394a at S400 data rates, and 1394b at S800 data rates. The platform also incorporates multiple digital and analog inputs and outputs that connect to microphones, loudspeakers, musical instruments and MIDI devices. BridgeCo provides driver support for computers running Mac OS X, Windows XP and Linux operating systems. BeBoB includes full ADAT/SMUX support, GSIF support, 1394a/b capability and a Linux 1394 audio driver (FreeBoB).
The BridgeCo BeBoB 4.0 software stack and DM1100E or DM1500E ICs are currently available and priced as bundled platforms that incorporate both the processor IC and BeBoB firmware. The BeBoB/DM1500E combined firmware/processor platform is priced at $29 in 1K unit volumes to sub- $20 in high volume, depending on included firmware modules. The BeBoB/DM1100E combined firmware/processor platform is priced at $15 in 1K unit volumes to sub- $10 in high volume, depending on included firmware modules. Please visit www.bridgeco.com for additional product information.