New Dante Soundcard from Digigram

French manufacturer Digigram will extend its range of connectivity products at this year’s NAB Show with the launch of the LX-DANTE sound card. This is able to fully communicate with all Dante-enabled devices on a network, as well as equipment on associated networks using other audio over IP (AoIP) protocols though the AES67 interoperability standard.

The Digigram LX-DANTE card sends and receives audio and features two redundant Gbits/s Ethernet connectors, one main and one backup. It has an embedded hardware processor that maximises the performance of computers running real-time broadcast functions such as radio station automation software.

The LX-DANTE can produce latency as low as 150µs (milliseconds) while operating over standard networks. It is based on the PCI Express 4x card format and can support 128x128 redundant channels at 44.1, 48kHz and 88.2, 96kHz. Dante capability is plug-and-play, offering 64x64 inputs and outputs at 176.4kHz and 192kHz.

Running under ASIO (Windows), Alsa (Linux) and Core Audio (OS X) drivers, the LX-DANTE is able to work with operating systems from Mac OS X 10.8.5 upwards and Windows 7 and above, while servers are covered by Windows Server 2008 R2. The card can also be used as part of a Thunderbolt external chassis.

Among the applications for LX-DANTE are multi-channel playout, multi-channel recording and multi-programme ad insertion.

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