XMOS powers beyerdynamic’s world’s first Ethernet-AVB-enabled conference audio equipment

XMOS wins ongoing business from leading German audio brand beyerdynamic, produces unique, high-quality audio solution

BRISTOL, England — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 15, 2013XMOS today announces that its XS1-L16A-128 product has been selected for use in beyerdynamic’s newest line of high-quality audio-equipment. Along with beyerdynamic’s innovative product design XMOS’ low-latency, deterministic, multicore microcontroller was the key driving force behind the world’s first Ethernet-AVB-enabled wireless conference-audio system.

beyerdynamic’s Quinta is a system of microphones and control units designed for wireless use in conferences, large-scale meetings and videoconferencing. XMOS’ hardware has, for the first time, offered the combination of high performance, predictable-timing, low-latency, small size, cost-effectiveness and ease-of-development required to make Ethernet-AVB-enabled conference devices practical.

beyerdynamic quickly ruled out solutions such as FPGAs as being both too large and too expensive for its product-profiles, in terms of both hardware and the software licensing costs. The company was, on the other hand, very drawn towards XMOS’ solution, which “carried no license fees, and was the only company that offered a complete hardware solution and protocol stack, (including Ethernet AVB) at a reasonable price.”

“XMOS’ technology has, in effect, allowed us to steal a march on our competitors, bringing out a unique conferencing solution ahead of our competitors,” commented Marcus Rembold, Product Manager Conference, beyerdynamic. “Based on the ease-of-development and success of this solution we already have several other Ethernet-AVB-enabled audio devices in the works, and expect to rapidly see other audio companies following our lead. We're convinced that AVB has the potential to become the standard for transmitting audio data signals on a network, and XMOS has allowed us to get ahead of the curve.”

“beyerdynamic has always had an excellent name across the world for producing top-quality, ‘German Engineered’ audio products,” commented Nigel Toon, CEO, XMOS. “Audio is one of XMOS’ key application areas, and this first-ever Ethernet AVB conference microphone is an excellent example of the kind of complex, real-time, DSP-oriented tasks that our hardware excels at.”

Another key factor in beyerdynamic’s decision in 2011 to engage with XMOS was the company’s excellent technical and design support services:

“Having come in to explain the hardware at length, and having ‘wowed’ us with their AVB solution, the XMOS team gave us everything we needed, from the development kit to the evaluation software, and explained everything at length. XMOS’ field application engineers were available whenever we wanted to talk via email or phone, and produced very rapid responses to our queries. This, together with the familiar C-based design environment, made the whole process very easy. It only took about a month to produce the prototype, giving us more time to focus on other aspects of the product’s design.”

The ability to use Ethernet AVB across wired connections is allowing beyerdynamic to develop entirely new solutions, and beyerdynamic will be looking to base other designs on XMOS hardware in future.

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About XMOS

XMOS is a young fabless semiconductor company based in Bristol, UK. The wide range of xCORE™ multicore microcontrollers with Hardware-Response™ provide a unique combination of parallel multitasking, deterministic performance, support from a large library of software-defined peripherals, allowing you to meet your exact design requirements. This makes xCORE multicore microcontrollers ideal for demanding embedded applications in audio, automotive, consumer and industrial products, where other microcontrollers struggle. XMOS provides xTIMEcomposer™ Studio, an easy to use development system, that makes it simple to design complex embedded systems.

For more information please visit www.xmos.com



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