Biamp and Icron Announce Successful USB Tests Between Products

Biamp Systems and Icron Technologies Corp have successfully carried out tests on the connectivity between USB-equipped products produced by both companies. These include Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ digital audio processor and the Icron ExtremeUSB 2.0 Ranger 2201 and 2211, which feature flexible power USB extenders.

Biamp Systems produces network media technology, including the TesiraFORTÉ range aimed at acoustic echo cancellation (AEC), video over IP (VoIP) conferencing, standard telephone conferencing and audio networking applications. Networking is carried out over AVB (audio video bridge) compliant switches and USB capability. To enhance functionality and flexibility of the range USB ports were fitted to each unit in the range, with the ability to support up to eight channels of configurable USB audio. Among other features are AEC and SpeechSense for intelligible, echo-free audio communication.

The Icron USB 2.0 Ranger series delivers extension capability for USB 2.0 at up to 480Mbps over CAT5e cables of up to 100 metres or 10km when fibre optics is used. The Ranger 2201 and 221 extender units include ExtremeUSB features, including transparent USB extension, true plug-and-play without the need for software drivers and compatibility with Windows, OS X and Linux.

Commenting on the tests between the two companies' USB ranges, Kiley Henner, director of customer experience at Biamp Systems, said, "With USB audio increasingly becoming a requirement for AV systems, we work with a few manufacturers to ensure their equipment works with our products. When using USB extenders in installations where the distance between a TesiraFORTÉ and the computer equipment is greater than five metres, ExtremeUSB extenders reliably provide the connection that maintains optimum sound quality."

Glenn Antonelli, vice president of marketing at Icron, added, "We are very pleased to have our ExtremeUSB technology included in the ecosystem supporting Biamp's prestigious TesiraFORTÉ product series when USB audio extension is required."

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