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InfoComm 2012: Optocore and Duran Audio announce new collaboration

Daniel Gumble
InfoComm 2012: Optocore and Duran Audio announce new collaboration

The new Optocore DM1-TP digital audio interface for Duran Audio’s Intellivox range of AXYS products has made its debut at InfoComm 2012, marking the latest technical partnership formed by the German fibre network specialists.

In a joint statement, the respective founders of the two companies, Marc Brunke (Optocore) and Gerrit (Duran) said, “This product owes its practical implementation within an Intellivox system to the close co-operation between the two R&D teams.”

The DM1-TP is designed to provide SANE connectivity to powered Duran Audio loudspeakers, allowing for integration of the company’s loudspeakers into synchronous, low latency, redundant Optocore and SANE networks. Offering a non-proprietary open standard transport platform, SANE is designed to serve as the first fully synchronous CAT5 network solution for streaming and transmitting data in real time.

Furthermore, the DM1-TP is aimed at providing the Intellivox range with each of the other benefits of SANE, including 100 Mb/s Ethernet audio distribution, dual-redundant ring connections, and interfacing to Optocore FX and TP devices.

The introduction of the SANE network is intended to benefit system designers, installers and end users. On larger Intellivox installations there will be a saving in both the cost of cable and labour, whilst its additional features are designed to reduce the need for additional processing devices in the system.

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Either redundant point-to-point (star) or daisy-chain topologies are supported (point-to-point requiring an Optocore SANE capable device for a connection to each DM1-TP equipped Intellivox); redundant option offers automatic switch-over to the secondary port in case of failure of the primary port. Daisy-chain with loop-end closing offers a redundant ring topology (with no third party switching required). Additional features include low-jitter word clock distribution using standard Optocore solutions and automatic master clock negotiation. ?

DM1 firmware and internal logic updates over Ethernet are supported, as is standard Intellivox RS-485 interface, while system control and monitoring by AXYS WinControl takes place over a SANE serial bridge, with eight or 16 digital audio channels routable to the DSP in the Intellivox.

Other peripherals include external fan control output for connection to the Intellivox 'rain-hood', while an Ambient Noise Sensing microphone signal can be routed to the SANE network.

The new interface module can be mounted in the following Intellivox products: AXYS Intellivox DC/DS 115, DC/DS 180 and DC/DS 280.

Optocore’s North American support engineer, Kári Eythorsson CTS-D, stated: “We are delighted to be adding Duran Audio as a technical partner with the release of the DM1-TP module — and hope this is the start of further things to come.”

Duran Audio International sales and marketing manager, Max Lindsay-Johnson, added, “We see this collaboration as just the first step in making the whole AXYS range available with the Optocore and SANE interfaces in the future.”

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