London (September 16, 2004)–Digigram announced at PLASA 2004 that it has added an “Entry Level Agreement” and an “Authorized EtherSound Implementor” partner program to the EtherSound licensing scheme.
“In a still difficult economical environment, many manufacturers hesitated to invest into EtherSound, because they lack experience with networking technologies, but need a very fast return on investment,” noted Philippe Delacroix, Digigram managing director. “The Entry Level Licensing Agreement, combined with the appointment of the first Authorized Implementor, now offers a very fast and very cost-effective way of bringing EtherSound-enabled products to the market. We are confident that manufacturers starting at Entry Level will be successful with their new products and will later migrate to higher licensing levels to optimize their EtherSound implementation. The Authorized Implementors will support the licensees at all levels.”
The new “Entry Level Agreement” enables pro audio manufacturers to purchase ready-to-use hardware modules from Digigram or Authorized Implementors in order to create EtherSound-enabled products. The modules may be customized by Authorized Implementors.
As part of the EtherSound licensing policy, the “Advanced Level License” and the “Developer Level License” already exist. At all three levels, licensees are given access to EtherSound technology specifications, a programmers reference guide, and the EtherSound SDK (Software Development Kit) for easy development of PC applications.
“Advanced Level” licensees gain access to reference designs (schematic and bill of materials) and FPGA binary files, which may be customized by Authorized Implementors. In addition to this, “Developer Level” licensees have access to the FPGA Ethersound technology object code and parts of the source code, as well as the right to customize the reference design. Again, Authorized Implementors might provide customization services.
French company Auvitran, a Digigram spin off, has been appointed as the first Authorized Implementor. “We know the Auvitran team very well and are certain that they have the necessary skills and energy to help other companies succeed with EtherSound. We look forward to extending our relationship to this new level,” remarked Delacroix.
EtherSound connects to established technologies to create real-time audio networks using standard Ethernet cabling and components. Up to 64 channels of 24-bit digital audio at 48 kHz, plus bi-directional control information, may be transported to more than 60,000 networked audio devices. Higher sampling frequencies with a reduced channel count are also possible, i.e. 32 channels at 96 kHz. EtherSound networks can use daisy-chain and star architectures, or a combination of both. In a bi-directional daisy-chain all channels are independently available to all connected devices.