Seattle, WA/ Markham, ON (February 14, 2006)–TC Applied Technologies and Wavefront Semiconductor introduced FireDriver, a collaboratively developed, DICEII-enabled 1394/Class D amp and speaker reference design, at Winter NAMM last month. FireDriver demonstrates how loudspeakers can become nodes in a high performance, 1394 Firewire audio network. The companies expect 1394-enabled loudspeakers based on the FireDriver reference design to be introduced by a number of manufacturers in the coming months.
“Imagine connecting one cable to add DSP, amplification and a loudspeaker to your system,” offers Morten Lave, CEO of TCAT. “Imagine being able to route audio from anywhere in the system to that loudspeaker; and to monitor and control EQ and crossover from anywhere else in the system. TCAT’s FireDriver reference design represents a peak into the future when all MI/Pro and Installed Sound products will be network-enabled. It also demonstrates how our DICEII chip unlocks the beauty and simplicity of integrating a robust network standard like 1394 with highly efficient, modern amplification technology. Simply put, FireDriver provides another example of how our DICEII Firewire chip offers tremendously more than high-channel count I/O for recording applications. Our manufacturing partners are going to be thrilled with this additional 1394 application built around DICEII.”
Bob Moses, CEO of Wavefront Semiconductor added: “It’s time for a networked loudspeaker system that runs on something other than a proprietary network. 1394 Firewire enabled products such as those designed around FireDriver offer customers the freedom to choose whose products go into the system, and the networking standard insures that different manufacturers’ products work with each other.”
TC Applied Technologies Ltd.