Audinate Unveils Dante-As-Software Products

Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, has announced two new software-based Dante products that address the AV industry’s shift from purpose-built hardware to software-based solutions running on COTS hardware. These new software-based solutions give manufacturers and developers the ability to deploy Dante into products where it wasn’t previously feasible, and in ways that weren’t previously possible.

Dante allows system integrators to replace traditional analog cables with Ethernet cabling to facilitate the transmission of synchronized audio and video signals across large distances, to multiple locations at once.

The first product, Dante Embedded Platform, enables manufacturers to add full Dante functionality in software running on Linux for x86 and ARM processors while the second, Dante Application Library, allows software developers to seamlessly integrate Dante functionality directly into their PC and Mac applications.

Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate, called the announcement “an inflection point in the AV industry.”

“The decreasing costs, increasing computational power and improved flexibility of the software approach will enable manufacturers and developers to deploy Dante into a plethora of next generation AV products.  The option to go with a software-based implementation will enable OEMs to add Dante functionality to existing products without a major redesign and will drive further growth for networked Dante endpoints.”

With the announcement, Ellison said that Dante could now be deployed in products where either the price point or form factor made integrating dedicated Dante hardware challenging.  These software-based Dante products also provide more flexibility, with the potential to enable new capabilities: like Dante being deployed retroactively to products already in the field; the ability to add new features and functions to products on the fly; and the possibility for manufacturers, integrators or customers to configure the number of Dante channels they want for a particular application.

Audinate is introducing these new software products at the InfoComm 2019 show in Orlando in conjunction with several new customers—Analog Devices, QSC and Zoom—that will be demonstrating their respective solutions.

  • Analog Devices (ADI) will integrate the Dante Embedded Platform on its ADSP SC58x family of SOCs with ARM CPUs.
  • QSC will deploy the Dante Embedded Platform within its Q-SYS Ecosystem to enable native software-based Dante audio channels. The effort is part of the strategic partnership between the two companies announced earlier this year.
  • Zoom Video Communications Inc., a provider of video-first unified communications, has teamed up with Audinate to integrate the Dante Application Library into its Zoom Rooms application for video meetings.

Numerous manufacturers are already delivering AV products built on commodity x86 and ARM computing hardware running Linux, giving their users the flexibility of software-based DSPs and mixers in robust, compact packages.  Dante Embedded Platform is designed for these OEMs, providing AV networking with minimal additional hardware, giving users connectivity to a large ecosystem of AV-over-IP devices.

Dante Embedded Platform will offer two options for manufacturers: an SDK with validation tools will eliminate costly guesswork by allowing OEMs to easily qualify existing x86 and ARM based products for Dante performance requirements. For new products under development, Audinate will also provide complete reference designs for popular ARM SoC chipsets such as the Analog Devices ADSP-SC589 and NXP i.MX 8M Mini QuadLite.

Dante Application Library for Windows and MacOS gives developers the ability to build Dante functionality directly into their products. Each instance is wholly contained within each application and not shared with other resources, allowing multiple Dante-enabled applications to run simultaneously on a single computer with complete independence.

With Dante Application Library, developers can integrate Dante device discovery and subscriptions directly into their conferencing, recording, lecture capture and media playback products for a seamless “one-stop-shop” setup experience. Use Dante Application Library to improve customer satisfaction with instant access to thousands of popular Dante-enabled products that include microphones, DSPs, amplifiers and powered speakers.

Dante Embedded Platform and Dante Application Library each enable complete interoperability with more than 2,000 Dante-enabled audio products already on the market.

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